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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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