Hope (District) / Coquihalla River / Flood / Gibson Pass / Grainger Creek / Haig / Hozameen Range / Kawkawa Lake

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Hope, BC (Nearby: Silver Creek, Haig, Floods, Choate, Othello)

  • Coquihalla River
  • Flood
  • Gibson Pass
  • Grainger Creek
  • Haig
  • Hope

325 Wallace Street
Hope, British Columbia
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British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver, Coast, & Mountains

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  • Coquihalla River - from the Halkomelem word meaning 'stingy container [offish].'
  • Dr. Brent Galloway supplies the following explanation: according to a legend, black water pygmies used to grab the fish spears of Indians trying to catch suckers in a certain stretch of the river and thus reduce their catch.
  • Early diaries refer to this river as the Quaque-alla.
  • Flood - After W.L. Flood, early builder and sawmill operator.
  • Gibson Pass - After Luke Gibson, who arrived in Hope around 1912 and 'took pack trains between Hope and Princeton. He maintained stables at both places and at Chilliwack.
  • Grainger Creek - After Martin Allerdale Grainger (1874-1941).
  • After graduating from Cambridge he came to British Columbia and started the strenuous work of hand logging about which he wrote in Woodsmen of the West, a BC classic.
  • He remained in forestry, both in the provincial service (he was Chief Forester 1916-20) and later in industry. He loved the outdoors and spent much time riding horseback and camping in the area around Princeton.
  • Haig - This station on the CPR mainline was named Hope until the CPR transferred the name to the station of its Kettle Valley line on the other side of the Fraser.
  • This station was then renamed Haig, in honour of the British Commander-in-Chief on the western front in the later years of World War I. Also MOUNT SIR DOUGLAS and HAIG GLACIER in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Hope - Fort Hope was built in 1848-9 by Henry Newsham Peers, a clerk in the service of the HBC.
  • A year earlier Peers had discovered a way through the mountains here (up the Coquihalla River and Peers Creek, over Fools Pass, along Podunk Creek, and across the Tulameen River).
  • The HBC hoped that, with the building of a trail, this would prove a feasible all British route by which their brigades could travel between Fort Kamloops and Fort Langley.
  • . (It was important that the brigades should not have to dip below the forty-ninth parallel into what had recently become American territory.)
  • This hope, which was in fact realized, that a usable all-British route had been found led the HBC to name its new establishment Fort Hope.
  • The townsite at Hope was laid out in 1858 by O.J. Travaillot and Corporal William Fisher, RE.
  • The Halkomelem Indian name for the site of Hope means 'skinned rocks' (i.e., bare of moss).
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Hozameen Range

  • Around 1860 Dr. H. Bauerman, a geologist with the British Boundary Commission, wrote of 'two very remarkable peaks of black slate, which rise precipitately to a height of about 1800 feet above the watershed.They are called by the Indians "Hozamen", which name has been adopted for the pass and the ridge.'
    Miss Annie York of Spuzzum, who spoke the Thompson Indian language, gave the meaning of hozameen as 'sharp, like a sharp knife.'

  • Hunter Creek

  • After Harry Hunter (1825-1910), an English storekeeper who acquired land here in 1889.

  • Hunter Creek

  • The name of this fine mountain, known also as Holy Cross Mountain, comes from the Halkomelem word meaning 'double heads,' describing its split double peaks.

  • Kawkawa Lake

  • From the Halkomelem word meaning 'much crying [of loons],' from an Indian legend.

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