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Lax Kw'alaams / Brown Passage / Dundas Island / Ginlulak Creek / Iknouk River / Ishkheenickh River / Kateen River

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Lax Kw'alaams, BC (Nearby: Georgetown Mills, Metlakatla, Prince Rupert, Dodge Cove, Port Edward)

  • Brown Passage
  • Brown Passage
  • Dundas Island
  • Ginlulak Creek
  • Iknouk River
  • Ishkheenickh River
  • Kateen River

17 Finlayson St
Lax Kw'alaams, British Columbia
V0V 1H0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Northern BC

Description From Owner:
  • Brown Passage - Named in 1793 by Captain Vancouver after the captain of the Butterworth, who had sent out a whaleboat to guide Vancouver to the safe harbour where the Butterworth and two other English ships were anchored.
  • Dundas Island - Named by Captain Vancouver after Henry Dundas (1742-1811), Treasurer of the Royal Navy. Dundas was created Viscount Melville in 1802.
  • Ginlulak Creek - From a Nisgha Indian word meaning 'place of corpses,' referring to the finding of a large number of bones in the creek.
  • Iknouk River - From a Nisgha Indian word having something to do with the old type of halibut hook.
  • Ishkheenickh River - From the Nisgha Indian word meaning 'water out from among the pine tree(s).'
  • Kateen River - Probably derived from the Nisgha Indian word that means 'see fish weirs or traps.'
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Khutzeymateen River

  • Khutzeymateen is a Coast Tsimshian word meaning 'in valley.'

  • Khutzeymateen River

  • Lach Goo Alams

  • This is the Tsimshian Indian phrase meaning 'place of the wild rose with the small hips' and is now another name for Port Simpson. Before Fort Simpson was established here in 1834 by the HBC, the small island at Port Simpson was a camping ground of the Tsimshian people. Once the fort was built, hundreds of Indians arrived and built a village in the immediate vicinity.

  • Larcom Island

  • ). After Lieutenant-Commander T.H. Larcom, who commanded HM gunboat Forward, 1868-9, at the end of her service on this coast.

  • Observatory Inlet

  • So named by Captain Vancouver in 1793 since he set up an observatory here to check the rate of his chronometers and correct his fixing of latitude and longitude.

  • Observatory Inlet

  • Pearse Island

  • After Captain Pearse of the us Army, commanding the first American military post in Alaska, on Tongass Island, in 1868. This island was claimed by the United States but awarded to Canada in 1903.

  • Port Simpson (Lax Kw'alaams)

  • After Captain Aemilius Simpson, a native of Scotland and a distant relation of Governor George Simpson of the HBC.

    Aemilius Simpson entered the Royal Navy in 1806 at the age of thirteen as a midshipman. He retired as a half-pay lieutenant in 1816. He subsequently joined the HBC and became superintendent of its marine department on the Pacific coast. In 1831, commanding the Dryad, he founded a fort at the mouth of the Nass River. When he died there, in September of that year, the new establishment was named Fort Simpson in his honour.

    The original site proving unsatisfactory, Fort Simpson was transferred in 1834 to the site of modern Port Simpson. Captain Simpson's remains were disinterred from their grave outside the palisades of the original fort and were removed to the new post. Dr. Tolmie gives a vivid picture in his diary of drunken Indians rushing in to pillage the abandoned fort.

    There was no Indian village at the site of the second Fort Simpson, but Indians soon moved in to be close to the trading post. When the HBC closed down its establishment, there was a considerable Indian settlement, which exists to this day under the name of Port Simpson. (See also Lach Goo Alams.) An interesting story gives Aemilius Simpson credit for the first apples to grow on our coast. At a dinner party shortly before he sailed from England, a lady put some appleseeds in his waistcoat pocket and told him, laughingly, that he must plant them when he reached his destination. Wearing the same waistcoat at Fort Vancouver, Simpson discovered the forgotten seeds, planted them, and saw apple trees soon grow.

  • Stumaun Bay

  • From the Tsimshian Indian word meaning 'humpback salmon' (pink salmon).

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
  • Mount Griffin, 3km
  • Neaxtoalk Lake, 4km
  • Mount Ben, 5km
  • Leading Peak, 7km
  • Georgetown Lake, 10km
  • Basil Lump, 9km
  • Entry Peak, 18km
  • Sharp Peak, 15km
  • Little Union Lake, 15km
  • Union Lake, 15km
  • Mission Mountain, 21km
  • Tsook Lake, 23km
  • Mount McNeil, 14km
  • Mount Morse, 21km
  • Hat Mountain, 24km
  • Salt Lake, 25km
  • Port Mountain, 28km
  • Mount Comblain, 31km
  • Sarah Lake, 19km
  • Mount Oldfield, 30km
  • Shawatlan Lake, 28km
  • Mount Hays, 31km
  • Oliver Lake, 32km
  • Ensheshese Lake, 22km
  • Woodworth Lake, 29km
  • Mahlon Lake, 31km
  • Gilroy Lake, 28km
  • Bannock Lake, 32km
  • Mount Stewart, 37km
  • Louise Lake, 31km
  • Porpoise Lake, 39km
  • Alwyn Lake, 40km
  • Bill Lake, 30km
  • Mount McDonald, 41km
  • Mount Bonwick, 27km
  • Taylor Lake, 39km
  • Kergin Lake, 36km
  • Marion Lake, 32km
  • Mount McGrath, 46km
  • Colonel Johnston Lake, 43km
  • Prudhomme Lake, 40km
  • Dudoward Lake, 38km
  • Xk'aat'aapgwit, 37km
  • Thulme Peak, 32km
  • Diana Lake, 45km
  • Fortune Lake, 44km
  • Balagno Lake, 43km
  • Mount Henry, 31km
  • Bremner Lake, 50km
  • Peck Lake, 47km