2593 BROADWATER RD
British Columbia Tourism Region : Kootenay Rockies
- In 1889, when G.M. Dawson published his geological survey of the area, he noted:
- 'The most attractive and park-like portion of this country is commonly named the 'Deer Park,' and is frequented by great numbers of deer, when in winter their higher pastures in the mountains become covered with snow.'
- Mount Freya - After the Norse goddess of fertility and sexual love. Other peaks in the range take their names from Scandinavian mythology.
- Hugh Keenleyside Dam - When the Arrow Lakes were flooded in the 1960s as part of the Columbia River project, this darn was named for one of the two co-chairmen of the BC Hydro and Power Authority.
- Earlier he had a distinguished career as a diplomat and as a federal civil servant.
- Robson - The first settlement near the junction of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers was named Sproat's Landing after Gilbert Malcolm Sproat, the gold commissioner in the district.
- In 1890 Sproat's Landing became East Robson, and the corresponding settlement on the other bank of the Columbia became West Robson, in recognition of John Robson, Premier of British Columbia from 1889 to 1892.
- Robson made his reputation in British Columbia as the fiery editor of the British Columbian, which he founded in New Westminster in 1861.
- In his paper Robson launched violent attacks upon Governor Douglas, whom he saw as a 'czar' bent on subordinating the interests of the mainland to those of Vancouver Island.
- Robson later moved to Victoria and made a comfortable fortune in real estate. As premier he embarked on a program of protecting the province's natural resources from improper exploitation.
- Premier Robson died of blood poisoning, the consequence of jamming his finger in a carriage door while visiting London.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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