Théodat Lake

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Théodat Lake
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Broadback River basin in yellow
Location Baie-James
Coordinates 50°54′26″N76°09′13″W / 50.90722°N 76.15361°W / 50.90722; -76.15361 Coordinates: 50°54′26″N76°09′13″W / 50.90722°N 76.15361°W / 50.90722; -76.15361
Type Natural
Primary inflows Théodat River
Primary outflows Théodat River
Basin  countriesCanada
Max. length20.1 kilometres (12.5 mi)
Max. width8.0 kilometres (5.0 mi)
Surface elevation283 metres (928 ft)
Islands 43

The Théodat Lake is a freshwater body of the territory of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in the province of Quebec, in Canada.

Baie-James Municipality in Quebec, Canada

The Municipality of Baie-James was a municipality in northern Quebec, Canada, which existed from 1971 to 2012. Located to the east of James Bay, Baie-James covered 297,332.84 km2 (114,800.85 sq mi) of land, making it the largest incorporated municipality in Canada — only eight unorganized territories were larger. Its territory almost entirely covered the administrative region of Jamésie, although it contained less than five percent of the population. Essentially, it was the remainder of the Jamésie Territory's land after all of the major population centres were removed.

Nord-du-Québec Place in Quebec, Canada

Nord-du-Québec is the largest, but the least populous, of the seventeen administrative regions of Quebec, Canada. With nearly 750,000 square kilometres (290,000 sq mi) of land area, and very extensive lakes and rivers, it covers much of the Labrador Peninsula and about 55% of the total land surface area of Quebec, while containing a little more than 0.5% of the population.

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Contents

The hydrographic slope of Lake Theodat is accessible through the forest road from Matagami which passes on the west side of Evans Lake. The surface of the lake is generally frozen from early November to mid-May, however safe ice circulation is generally from mid-November to mid-April.

Matagami City in Quebec, Canada

Matagami is a small town in Quebec, Canada. It is located north of Amos, on Matagami Lake, at the northern terminus of Route 109 and the start of the James Bay Road. The town had a population of 1,526 as of the Canada 2011 Census.

Lake Evans is a freshwater lake in the municipality of Eeyou Istchee James Bay, in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in western Quebec, Canada. This lake is crossed by the Broadback River.

Geography

This lake has a length of 20.1 kilometres (12.5 mi). Its outline is in the form of a lying anchor, a maximum width of 8.0 kilometres (5.0 mi) and an altitude of 283 metres (928 ft).

Lake Theodat has many bays, peninsulas and about 43 islands. The Theodat lake is crossed to the West by the Théodat River. Lake Theodat is supplied in its eastern part by the discharge of the Théodat River, by a discharge (coming from the East) of lakes and by another discharge (coming from the North) draining a zone of marsh.

Théodat River tributary of Evans Lake, in northwestern Quebec, Canada

The Théodat River is a tributary of Evans Lake, in Regional County Municipality (MRC) of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality), in the administrative region from Nord-du-Québec, Canadian province of Quebec, in Canada.

The mouth of this lake Théodat discharges towards the West to join Le Gardeur Lake. The mouth of Theodat Lake is located at the bottom of a bay on the West bank, at:

Soscumica Lake lake crossed by the Nottaway River in northwestern Quebec, Canada

Soscumica Lake is a lake of the southern portion of Eeyou Istchee James Bay (municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in the province of in south-western Quebec, Canada. The southern part of Lake Soscumica extends into Millet Township.

The main hydrographic slopes near Lake Théodat are:

Broadback River tributary of Rupert bay (South of James Bay) flowing in municipality of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, in administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.

The Broadback River is a river in northern Quebec, Canada. It drains into Rupert Bay, just south of the Rupert River and Cree community Waskaganish. The major lake on the river's course is Lake Evans.

Salamandre River river in Nord-du-Québec, Quebec

The Salamandre River is a tributary of the south shore of the Broadback River which flows west to the Rupert Bay, located south of the James Bay. The Salamandre River flows in the municipality of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.

Nipukatasi River river in Nord-du-Québec, Quebec, Canada

The Nipukatasi River is a tributary of the Broadback River flowing west to Rupert Bay, south of James Bay. The Nipukatasi River flows in the municipality of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James (municipality), in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, in Canada.

Toponymy

Several designations of this body of water have been known since the beginning of the 20th century. The map of the province of Quebec (1911) by James White, accompanying the ninth report of the Geographical Survey of Canada, refers to this waterbody "L. Geikie", of unknown origin. The "Dictionary of Rivers and Lakes of the Province of Quebec" (edition of 1914) uses the designation "Lake Geikie" under the heading "Mill River" (today Théodat). The 1925 edition of the same book designates this lake "Lake Eikie".

In addition, maps of the southern Quebec leaflet published in 1924 and 1935 by the Department of Lands and Forests and, in 1940, by the Ministry of Lands and Forests, Hunting and Fishing, identify this water body "L. Mill". The 1933 and 1941 editions of the map of the Abitibi and Mistassini Territories published by the Department of Lands and Forests, designate this lake "Mishagomish Lake", Cree origin name meaning "large expanse of water" .

In 1945, the Geography Commission announced its intention to choose a definitive name to designate the water body and also the river, noting that the new name could be none of those then known. Even francified in the form Michagomiche, the aboriginal toponym remained a problematic choice given names of the same root used in the same region as this lake.

Two years later, the Geography Commission attributes the term Theodat to the lake and its emissary. Theodatus evokes the life work of Gabriel Sagard, baptized Théodat, recollet brother and missionary in Huronie in 1623 and 1624. He was born between 1590 and 1595 and died in France around 1636. Honest and sure witness of his time he recorded his observations in "The Great Voyage of the Huron Country" (1632), in his "Histoire du Canada" (1636) and in a "Dictionary of the Huron Language". He is considered as the first religious historian of Canada. [2]

The toponym "Lake Théodat" was officialized on December 5, 1968 by the Commission de toponymie du Québec, when it was created. [3]

See also

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Notes and references

  1. Distances from the Department of Natural Resources Canada's Atlas of Canada (published on the Internet).
  2. Source: Names and places of Quebec, work of the Commission de toponymie published in 1994 and 1996 in the form of a printed illustrated dictionary, and under that of a CD-ROM produced by the company Micro-Intel, in 1997, from this dictionary.
  3. Quebec Geographic Names Board - Place Names Bank - Place Name: "Lake Théodat"

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