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Malakwa / Clanwilliam Lake / Eagles Pass / Malakwa / Perry River / Queest Creek / Woolsey Creek

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Malakwa, BC (Nearby: Craigellachie, Solsqua, Sicamous, Six Mile Point, Woods Landing)

  • Clanwilliam Lake
  • Eagles Pass
  • Malakwa
  • Perry River
  • Perry River
  • Queest Creek
  • Woolsey Creek

3994 Malakwa Rd
Malakwa, British Columbia
V0E 2J0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Thompson Okanagan

Description From Owner:
  • Clanwilliam Lake - After the Earl of Clanwilliam, who married a daughter of Governor Kennedy of Vancouver Island. (See Gilford Island.)
  • Eagles Pass - Walter Moberly, who 'rediscovered' this pass (shown on Archibald McDonald's map of 1827), has left us the story of his naming of it in The Rocks and Rivers of British Columbia:
  • In the summer of 1865, I was exploring the Gold range of mountains for the Government of British Columbia, to see if there was any pass through them.
  • I arrived at the Eagle River, and on top of a tree near its mouth I saw a nest full of eaglets, and the two old birds on a limb of the same tree.
  • I had nothing but a small revolver in the shape of firearms; this I discharged eight or ten times at the nest, but could not knock it down.
  • The two old birds, after circling around the nest, flew up the valley of the river; it struck me then, if I followed them, I might find the much wished-for pass.
  • I explored the valley two or three weeks afterwards, and having been successful in finding a good pass, I thought the most appropriate name I could give it was the 'Eagle Pass.'
  • Malakwa - The Chinook jargon word for 'mosquito.'
  • Perry River - After Albert Perry, Walter Moberly's assistant during his explorations in this area in 1865.
  • Queest Creek - This name was given to the creek by G.M. Dawson in 1877, and subsequently the nearby mountain was named Queest Mountain.
  • The translation of this Shuswap Indian name is uncertain, but the often-quoted meaning of 'buffalo' is incorrect.
  • Woolsey Creek - After David Woolsey, who from 1889 on worked various mining claims in the area.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

Queest CreekWoolsey Creek

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  • Mount Begbie

  • After Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (1819-94), Chief Justice of British Columbia, the famous 'hanging judge' who by firmness, impartiality, and sheer power of personality maintained British law and order when the mining camps of the Cariboo and other gold-mining areas were flooded with American riffraff, fresh from the lynch-law camps to the south.

    The son of a colonel in the Royal Engineers, Begbie was a highly civilized man who spoke both French and Italian (he had visited Italy) and had a taste for music. He received his MA from Cambridge in 1844 and in the same year was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. After some years as an impoverished young lawyer and a man-about-town in London, he decided to emigrate, possibly as a consequence of a disappointment in love. In September 1858 he was appointed 'Judge in Our Colony of British Columbia.' Tall (six foot four), his long black cloak swirling behind him, his eyes gleaming between the stylish rake of a gaucho hat and the carefully trimmed lines of his Van Dyke beard, Begbie was a commanding figure. He never held court unless attired in the robes of an English judge. Inevitably he became the centre of numerous stories and legends.

    Vacationing in Salt Lake City, he met an American who had served on a jury in the Cariboo and who remarked, 'You certainly did some hanging, judge.' To which Begbie pungently replied, 'Excuse me, my friend, I never hanged any man. I simply swore in good American citizens, like yourself, as jurymen, and it was you that hanged your own fellow-countrymen.' Both Begbie and J.C. Haynes have been credited with warning the gold miners at Wild Horse Creek: 'Boys, if there is any shooting at Kootenay, there will be hanging at Kootenay.' Begbie believed in flogging too. 'My idea is that if a man insists upon behaving like a brute, after a fair warning, & won't quit the Colony, treat him like a brute & flog him.' Angered by the acquittal of a holdup man, he said to the prisoner, 'The jurymen say you are not guilty, but with that I do not agree. It is now my duty to set you free and I warn you not to pursue your evil ways, but if you ever again should be so inclined, I hope you select your victim from the men who have acquitted you.'

    Begbie became Chief Justice of mainland British Columbia in 1869 and Chief Justice of all British Columbia in 1870. He was knighted in 1875. Sir Matthew died in Victoria in 1894.

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
  • Willis Lake, 5km
  • Queest Mountain, 8km
  • North Queest Mountain, 11km
  • Morton Lake, 18km
  • Mount Mara, 21km
  • Monashee Mountains, 16km
  • Kanaka Lake, 23km
  • Pintail Lake, 20km
  • Mount Griffin, 17km
  • Mount Grice-Hutchinson, 20km
  • Stony Lake, 25km
  • Kidney Lake, 23km
  • Liver Lake, 23km
  • Holiday Lake, 26km
  • Wap Lake, 19km
  • Mara Lake, 22km
  • Hunakwa Lake, 28km
  • Twin Lakes, 22km
  • Hidden Lake, 24km
  • Wright Lake, 28km
  • Grassy Lake, 32km
  • Eagle Pass Mountain, 23km
  • Elbow Lake, 33km
  • Griffin Lake, 21km
  • Black Lake, 31km
  • Cranberry Lake, 31km
  • Lusk Lake, 36km
  • Three Valley Lake, 23km
  • Mount Mabel, 33km
  • Rosemond Lake, 30km
  • Angle Mountain, 25km
  • Mabel Lake, 39km
  • Joss Mountain, 27km
  • Hidden Lake, 40km
  • Baird Lake, 41km
  • Shuswap Lake, 26km
  • Mount Reid, 31km
  • Mount Fowler, 30km
  • Joss Lake, 29km
  • Two Moon Lake, 31km
  • Victor Lake, 28km
  • Perry Lake, 32km
  • Pyrite Lake, 41km
  • Schrund Peak, 41km
  • Reeves Lake, 41km
  • Mount Copeland, 34km
  • Arnica Lake, 34km
  • Mount English, 30km
  • Clanwilliam Lake, 30km
  • Tsuius Mountain, 37km