Hope (District) / Coquihalla River / Flood / Gibson Pass / Grainger Creek / Haig / Hozameen Range / Kawkawa Lake

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Hope, BC (Nearby: Silver Creek, Haig, Floods, Choate, Othello)

  • Coquihalla River
  • Flood
  • Gibson Pass
  • Grainger Creek
  • Haig
  • Hope

325 Wallace Street
Hope, British Columbia
V0X 1L0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver, Coast, & Mountains

Description From Owner:
  • 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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  • Hozameen Range

  • Around 1860 Dr. H. Bauerman, a geologist with the British Boundary Commission, wrote of 'two very remarkable peaks of black slate, which rise precipitately to a height of about 1800 feet above the watershed.They are called by the Indians "Hozamen", which name has been adopted for the pass and the ridge.'
    Miss Annie York of Spuzzum, who spoke the Thompson Indian language, gave the meaning of hozameen as 'sharp, like a sharp knife.'

  • Hunter Creek

  • After Harry Hunter (1825-1910), an English storekeeper who acquired land here in 1889.

  • Hunter Creek

  • The name of this fine mountain, known also as Holy Cross Mountain, comes from the Halkomelem word meaning 'double heads,' describing its split double peaks.

  • Kawkawa Lake

  • From the Halkomelem word meaning 'much crying [of loons],' from an Indian legend.

  • Lightning Lakes

  • C.P. (Chess) Lyons, making his survey before the setting up of the park, found Thunder Lake already named and the other three lakes collectively named the Lightning He sorted things out by naming the four lakes Lightning, Strike, Flash, and Thunder Lakes.

  • Manning Park

  • After Ernest C. Manning (1890-1941), Chief Forester of British Columbia at the time of his death in a plane crash. Manning was one of the first to warn the people and politicians of British Columbia that our timber resources are finite, and he recommended that steps be taken immediately to put the forests on a sustained-yield basis. He was an able exponent of the value of forests for recreation and was instrumental in starting the system of provincial parks, which for years were administered by the BC Forest Service.

  • Manson Ridge

  • After Donald Manson, who entered the employ of the HBC in 1817. After service from 1831 to 1834 at Fort Simpson, he served at Fort McLoughlin, at the Thompson River Post (Kamloops), and at Fort Stikine. In 1844 he took over the command of New Caledonia from Chief Factor Ogden. Manson was a bully, and his reputation as such kept the company from making him a Chief Factor, the rank that normally went with his post.

    However, the company left him in his command until 1857. In 1855 Manson and Paul Fraser, who had an even worse reputation as a bully, were seated in their tent on Manson Mountain when one of their men, felling a tree, accidentally(?) let it fall on their tent. Fraser was killed, but Manson escaped injury.

  • Mowich Creek

  • Mowich is the word for 'deer' in the Chinook jargon.

  • Mowich Creek

  • Nicolum River

  • From the Thompson Indian word meaning 'thirsty creek.'

  • Nicolum River

  • Ogilvie Peak

  • After John Drummond Buchanan Ogilvie, in charge of Fort Hope late in the 1850s. He subsequently entered the colonial service and was the customs officer at Bella Coola when he was murdered in April 1865. Colonel Moody of the Royal Engineers thought very highly of Ogilvie: 'A splendid fellow ... He stands erect in a superb attitude, his voice is measured and sonorous and his words are most telling ... His reputation for judgment and discretion combined with a steady firmness has gained him a position of trust as the HB agent at Fort Hope. I hope to get him made a J.P.'

    The Halkomelem Indian name for Ogilvie Peak means 'many breasts.'

  • Mount Outram

  • Named by the veteran HBC officer A.C. Anderson after his uncle Sir James Outram, one of the relievers of Lucknow when it was besieged during the Indian Mutiny.

  • Peers Creek

  • After Henry Newsham Peers, the HBC clerk who in 1848-9 laid out the Brigade Trail up the Coquihalla River and Peers Creek, through Fool's Pass, down Podunk Creek, and across the Tulameen River. During the same period, he was in charge of building Fort Hope.

  • Shawatum Mountain

  • From the Thompson Indian word meaning 'we asked him.'

  • Skagit River

  • This is the name of a Coast Salish Indian band living along this river. The meaning of Skagit is uncertain, but it may come from a Straits Salish word meaning 'to hide or conceal.'

  • Skagit River

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
  • Devil Lake, 2km
  • Schkam Lake, 3km
  • Kawkawa Lake, 3km
  • Hope Mountain, 4km
  • Dog Mountain, 4km
  • Silver Lake, 8km
  • Silver Peak, 9km
  • Ogilvie Peak, 6km
  • Klahater Lake, 9km
  • Wells Peak, 8km
  • Isolillock Peak, 9km
  • Mount Stoneman, 11km
  • Squeah Lake, 12km
  • Jorgenson Peak, 10km
  • Mount Devoy, 12km
  • Mount Hansen, 16km
  • Swanee Lake, 16km
  • Squeah Mountain, 14km
  • Mount Oppenheimer, 17km
  • Eaton Lake, 16km
  • Mount Baird, 15km
  • Mount Jarvis, 12km
  • Mount Coulter, 14km
  • Mount Barr, 16km
  • Mount Allard, 18km
  • Eaton Peak, 17km
  • Wotten Lake, 18km
  • Jeffrey Peak, 21km
  • Mount Ling, 20km
  • Spider Peak, 19km
  • Mount Green, 20km
  • Ling Lake, 21km
  • Mount Potter, 18km
  • Emancipation Mountain, 18km
  • Mount Nowell, 23km
  • Mount Hicks, 15km
  • Mount Northgraves, 24km
  • Mount Parker, 17km
  • Mount Fagervik, 22km
  • The Old Settler, 20km
  • Wahleach Lake, 21km
  • Deer Lake, 17km
  • Macleod Peak, 17km
  • Mount Forddred, 23km
  • Mount McNair, 19km
  • Greendrop Lake, 26km
  • Conway Peak, 24km
  • Mount Ludwig, 20km
  • Goetz Peak, 26km
  • Moss Lake, 18km