Hagensborg / Burnt Bridge Creek / John Buchan Island

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Hagensborg, BC (Nearby: Bella Coola, Firvale, Tallheo, South Bentinck, Stuie)

  • Burnt Bridge Creek
  • Hagensborg
  • John Buchan Island

1511 Sawmill Rd
Hagensborg, British Columbia
V0T 1H0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Description From Owner:
  • According to the local Indians, the bridge was accidentally set on fire by a white man fearful of bears, who lit a fire at either end of the bridge before camping overnight at the centre. (See Ulkatcho Stories of the Grease Trail.)
  • Hagensborg - Hagen B. Christenson, first postmaster here, writing in 1906 to James White, Chief Geographer, explained the name thus:
  • 'The Hagensborg P.O. was established in 1900, and is situated on the Bella Coola River 10 miles up the valley. To my first name, Hagen, was added 'Borg,' which means in Norwegian a fortified place where chiefs used to live.'
  • John Buchan Island - After John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada 1935-40 (see Tweedsmuir Park).
  • The Carrier Indians knew this, the largest lake isle in British Columbia, as 'Ukwe-ses-né-re-thel-kréh-nu,' meaning 'the island where the black bear escapes us,' indicating that the island gives a bear space enough to elude pursuers.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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