Cobble Hill / Koksilah River

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Cobble Hill, BC (Nearby: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay, Arbutus Ridge, Genoa Bay)

  • Cobble Hill
  • Koksilah River

3559 Garland Ave
Cobble Hill, British Columbia
V0R 1L0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver Island

Description From Owner:
  • There are no cobblestones on Cobble Hill, the formation here being of limestone.
  • Two accounts of the naming of Cobble Hill have their rival champions locally.
  • One says that the hill was named after a Lieutenant Cobble, RN, 'probably an officer on one of the gunboats which made occasional visits to Cowichan Bay when the settlement was apprehensive of Indian trouble.'
  • Unfortunately no Lieutenant Cobble can be found in the navy lists. The other story is that, when the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway was being built,
  • a visiting Englishwoman said that the place reminded her of a Cobble Hill in England, and so the name was adopted. It has also been claimed that the name comes from gravel hills in the vicinity.
  • Koksilah River - Of the various meanings advanced for this name, the most interesting is that of Jack Fleetwood, who has known the Cowichan language since boyhood.
  • According to Fleetwood, in the mid1800s the HBC pastured cattle on the open area at the mouth of the river and built a fence to prevent the cattle from escaping.
  • The Indians applied to this corral their word for a kind of container. Koksilah has also been translated as 'place having snags.'
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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