Agassiz / Maria Slough / Seabird Island / Sumallo River / Taboo Creek / Wahleach Island / Welch Peak

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Agassiz, BC (Nearby: Kent, Popkum, Rosedale, Bridal Falls, Harrison Hot Springs)

  • Maria Slough
  • Seabird Island
  • Sumallo River
  • Taboo Creek
  • Wahleach Island
  • Welch Peak

7227 Pioneer Ave
Agassiz, British Columbia
V0M 1A0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver, Coast, & Mountains

Description From Owner:
  • Agassiz - After Captain Lewis N. Agassiz. Having sold his commission in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, he emigrated first to Prince Edward Island and then to Ontario.
  • 1858 he arrived in Victoria among the thousands of gold-seekers pouring in from California.
  • After some time in the Cariboo goldfields, he turned to farming in the Fraser Valley.
  • Pre-empting land in the Agassiz Valley in 1862, Captain Agassiz and his family finally took up residence here in 1867, giving his place the ultra-English name of Ferny Coombe. When the CPR was built, the station here was named Agassiz.
  • Maria Slough - Jeremiah Gilbert Bristol (Bristol Island) had a sulky Indian wife who let her sister, Maria, do all the work
  • Bristol, in his will, left Maria land in this area. The sternwheeler Maria plied the nearby Fraser during the gold rush. The Halkomelem name of this slough means 'turn at the head.'
  • Seabird Island - After the American paddlewheel steamer Sea Bird, which ran aground here on 24 June 1858.
  • The river dropping, the steamer was left high and dry, and a set of ways had to be built to relaunch her. She was totally destroyed by fire off Victoria a couple of months later.
  • Sumallo River - From a Thompson Indian word possibly meaning 'Dolly Varden fish numerous here in times past.'
  • Taboo Creek - During gold rush days, a party of Chinese camped where the trail crossed this stream. One of their number dying here, he remained unburied for some time, the others refusing to touch his body.
  • Wahleach Island - ). From the descriptive Halkomelem name for the island, indicating that it had 'willow on the back.'
  • Welch Peak - The firm of Foley, Welch, and Stewart held mining property in this area, and three of the peaks were named after the partners.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
  • Cheam Lake, 5km
  • Mount Agassiz, 6km
  • Bear Mountain, 8km
  • Campbell Lake, 7km
  • Mount Archibald, 9km
  • Bear Lake, 10km
  • Cheam Peak, 8km
  • Stacey Lake, 9km
  • Lady Peak, 10km
  • Trout Lake, 13km
  • Mount Ludwig, 9km
  • Four Brothers, 9km
  • Mount Woodside, 9km
  • Hicks Lake, 13km
  • Elk Mountain, 14km
  • Mount Mercer, 14km
  • Mount Thurston, 14km
  • Wolf Lake, 12km
  • Morris Lake, 12km
  • Mount Laughington, 13km
  • Grace Lake, 13km
  • Francis Lake, 14km
  • Moss Lake, 14km
  • Knight Peak, 12km
  • Baby Munday Peak, 12km
  • Wahleach Lake, 11km
  • Mount Shannon, 12km
  • Weaver Lake, 15km
  • Deer Lake, 16km
  • Mount Hicks, 15km
  • Ryder Lake, 16km
  • Stewart Peak, 13km
  • The Still, 14km
  • Welch Peak, 15km
  • Slollicum Peak, 20km
  • Slollicum Lake, 20km
  • Williamson Lake, 15km
  • Mount Tom, 18km
  • Foley Peak, 16km
  • Mount McGuire, 22km
  • Mount Klaudt, 19km
  • Elbow Lake, 15km
  • Echo Lake, 15km
  • Mount Barr, 15km
  • Lookout Peak, 23km
  • Conway Peak, 16km
  • Mount Devoy, 17km
  • Foley Lake, 18km
  • Pierce Lake, 21km
  • Church Mountain, 23km