Crawford Bay / Kootenay Lake / Pilot Bay

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Crawford Bay, BC (Nearby: Kootenay Bay, Gray Creek, Riondel, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Queens Bay)

  • Crawford Bay
  • Kootenay Lake
  • Pilot Bay

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Crawford Bay, British Columbia
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British Columbia Tourism Region : Kootenay Rockies

Description From Owner:
  • After James Crawford ('White Man Jim'). An old-time prospector and trapper in the district, he died in 1914.
  • Kootenay Lake - Named after the Kootenay (Kootenai, Kootanae, Coutonai, Kutenai) Indians. This name is probably derived from the Blackfoot Indian pronunciation of these Indians' name for themselves — Ktunaxa.
  • The meaning of the word is not known — the often quoted 'water people' is based on a false etymology.
  • The Kootenays should not be confused with the Lakes (Okanagan-Colvile) Interior Salish Indians, who utilized the territory to the west of Kootenay Lake, while the Kootenays had that to the east.
  • In the early days, the Kootenays were often referred to as the Flatbow Indians, and hence we find references to Flatbow Lake and Flatbow River.
  • When David Thompson travelled down the Kootenay River in 1808, he named it McGillivray's River, after Duncan and William McGillivray, his superiors in the NWC.
  • Pilot Bay - A corruption of 'Pirate Bay,' its earlier name. The 'pirates' were a raiding party of Colvile Indians who made a night attack on some sleeping Kootenays and made off with their canoes, which they cached in this bay.
  • The Kootenay Indians knew the bay as Yakhsoumah, their word for canoe.
  • 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:
  • Browns Peak, 2km
  • Fraser Lake, 2km
  • Seven Sisters, 4km
  • McGregor Lake, 4km
  • Crystal Lake, 6km
  • Kootenay Lake, 6km
  • Hazel May, 7km
  • Bluebell Mountain, 9km
  • Mount Crawford, 9km
  • Loon Lake, 8km
  • Plaid Lake, 10km
  • Mount Hooker, 11km
  • Mount Hartridge, 15km
  • Sphinx Mountain, 13km
  • Mount Loki, 18km
  • Krao Lake, 13km
  • Old Tom Mountain, 13km
  • Mount Irvine, 18km
  • Noakes Lakes, 15km
  • Mount Drewry, 23km
  • Mount Aylmer, 18km
  • Mirror Lake, 23km
  • Fletcher Lake, 20km
  • Burdett Peak, 17km
  • Haiseldean Lake, 16km
  • Wheeler Lake, 18km
  • Mount Baldr, 22km
  • Mount Kaslo, 27km
  • Mount Davie, 25km
  • True Blue Mountain, 24km
  • Mount Olson, 19km
  • Josephine Lake, 24km
  • Powderkeg Peak, 27km
  • Trafalgar Mountain, 24km
  • Nalmet Lake, 20km
  • Leviathan Lake, 29km
  • Mill Lake, 24km
  • Devil's Horn, 27km
  • Penilynn Lake, 20km
  • Lendrum Lake, 21km
  • Mount Rice, 20km
  • Mount Woodbury, 23km
  • Sunset Lake, 22km
  • Pontiac Peak, 21km
  • Ross Lake, 20km
  • Whitelady Lake, 20km
  • Oltedi Lake, 21km
  • Mount Buchanan, 30km
  • Silvertip Lake, 21km
  • Grey Eagle Lake, 22km