Crawford Bay / Kootenay Lake

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Crawford Bay, BC (Nearby: Kootenay Bay, Gray Creek, Riondel, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Queens Bay)

16219 BC-3A
Crawford Bay, British Columbia
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British Columbia Tourism Region : Kootenay Rockies

Description From Owner:
  • After James Crawford ('White Man Jim'). An old-time prospector and trapper in the district, he died in 1914.
  • Kootenay Lake - Named after the Kootenay (Kootenai, Kootanae, Coutonai, Kutenai) Indians. This name is probably derived from the Blackfoot Indian pronunciation of these Indians' name for themselves — Ktunaxa.
  • The meaning of the word is not known — the often quoted 'water people' is based on a false etymology.
  • The Kootenays should not be confused with the Lakes (Okanagan-Colvile) Interior Salish Indians, who utilized the territory to the west of Kootenay Lake, while the Kootenays had that to the east.
  • In the early days, the Kootenays were often referred to as the Flatbow Indians, and hence we find references to Flatbow Lake and Flatbow River.
  • When David Thompson travelled down the Kootenay River in 1808, he named it McGillivray's River, after Duncan and William McGillivray, his superiors in the NWC.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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