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British Columbia Tourism Region : Thompson Okanagan
- Mount Dilworth - After John Dilworth (18501917), a Manitoba farmer who served in the Red River Rebellion, later farmed near here, and became a Victoria alderman.
- Ellison Lake - After Price Ellison (1852-1932), pioneer Okanagan rancher and farmer.
- Ellison came to British Columbia from Manchester in 1876. He became an MLA in 1898 and provincial Minister of Finance and Agriculture in 1910.
- Joe Rich Creek - After an American prospector who had a cabin here in the 1880s. He was subsequently killed in a mine accident.
- Kelowna - The fur traders and trappers of the early nineteenth century called the place L'Anse au Sable (Sandy Cove).
- The name Kelowna (originally pronounced so that the second syllable rhymed with 'allow') entails a curious story. In 1862 one August Gillard pre-empted here. For his abode he had a strange dwelling, half shanty and half underground Indian keekwillee.
- Gillard was a great hairy man, and one day, when he crawled out of his dugout, some passing Indians, seeing a resemblance to a bear coming out of its den, laughingly cried out the word kethxtüs(anglicized as kimach touche and meaning 'black bear's face')
- This became the local name for Gillard and his residence. In 1892, when Bernard Lequime had John Coryell, CE, lay out the townsite, the question arose as to the name for the new settlement.
- The old story of 'Kimach Touche' was recalled, but this name seemed too uncouth. Then someone came up with the bright idea of substituting the word kelowna, Okanagan for 'female grizzly bear,' and Kelowna it became.
- Klo Creek - KLO stands for the Kelowna Land and Orchard Co., formed in 1904.
- Knox Mountain - After Arthur B. Knox, who ranched at the foot of the mountain from 1883 to 1902.
- Lambly Creek - Formerly Bear River or Creek. The name was changed in 1922 in honour of Charles A.R. Lambly, member of a pioneer Okanagan family, who had been government agent at Rock Creek, Camp McKinney, Osoyoos, and Fairview. He died in 1907.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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