In June of 1824, Samuel Black and his crew arrived at Thutade Lake (pronounced Tootaddy) after a hard and dangerous journey up the Finlay River. Thutade means “long, slender lake.”
The first official surveys into the area were carried out by Frank Swannell and R.G. McConnell in 1913. Many of the park place names were taken from the names of early surveyors and explorers. Lord Kitchener, a well-known British military man, was honoured after his death in 1916 by having a lake named after him. Another name was derived from Athapaskan Indian dialect.
Boreal white and black spruce is found at the lowest elevations in the Firesteel Valley, also, Englemann spruce and subalpine fir. The alpine tundra is comprised of frost shattered rock, scree slopes, fine soils and large expanses of dwarfed plants.
Mountain Caribou, moose, stone sheep, mountain goat, beaver, Arctic ground squirrels, grizzly bears and wolves can all be found here. There are angling opportunities for rainbow trout as well.