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J_Brisby 08-27-2018 10:24 PM

What are the rules on naming?
Does anyone know what the rules are for naming lakes or other features? If I'm the first person to reach a lake, or photograph it, does that mean I get to name it?

kellymcdonald78 08-27-2018 10:56 PM

Everything you wanted to know.

With satellites, I'm pretty sure every lake on Earth has been photographed already

tricouni 08-27-2018 11:06 PM

In most jurisdictions in Canada, being the "first" to climb a peak, reach a lake, etc. does not confer the right to name it. Of course, you are free to call anything whatever name you want, but that doesn't make it official.

You'd better:
1. convince the naming authorities that it NEEDS a name.
2. convince them that the name is appropriate for the feature
3. demonstrate that you've done due diligence to show that there are no pre-existing names for it, and no aboriginal names
4. get widespread support from clubs, aboriginal groups, local inhabitants, etc.

Good luck.

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