Southern Waterways Named After Prominent Citizens

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Two creeks have been named under a program to honour Albertans for outstanding contributions.

Skrine Creek, located 24 kilo-metres west of Nanton, has been named in honour of Walter and Agnes “Nesta” Skrine. The Skrine family established the Bar S Ranch on Mosquito Creek in 1887, building and maintaining a herd of up to 700 cattle on nearly 16,000 acres of leased land.

Griffiths Creek near Canmore has been named in honour of Bill Griffiths, a fisheries biologist with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, who worked with local fish and game clubs to complete a fisheries enhancement program in the critical trout-spawning waters.

The designations were made by Minister of Alberta Culture and Community Spirit Lindsay Blackett and the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

“Alberta’s Geographical Names Program provides the opportunity for Albertans to play a part in naming Alberta’s geographic features,” said Blackett. “This is a fitting tribute to three individuals who have made a lasting impression on their communities and have contributed greatly to the development of our province and the preservation of Alberta’s natural beauty and resources.”

Albertans can propose names for a specific geographic resource by submitting an application to the Historic Resources Management Branch. For more information visit

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