Place Names

PLACE NAMES: Ootischenia

Ootischenia is one of two Doukhobor place names that remain widely used in West Kootenay.

PLACE NAMES: Oro

Oro, which means gold in Italian and Spanish, was a townsite at the junction of Lemon and Crusader Creeks in the Slocan Valley.

PLACE NAMES: Passmore

The Slocan Valley community of Passmore has a confusing naming history, including two or three possible namesakes.

PLACE NAMES: Paterson

The border crossing southwest of Rossland was named for Archibald Neil Paterson (1865-1935).

PLACE NAMES: Paulson and Petersbury

Today Paulson is a bridge, a backroad, and a highway, but originally it was a siding on the Columbia and Western Railway.

PLACE NAMES: Perry Siding

The Slocan Valley community of Perry Siding was likely named for Charles Edward Perry (1843-1906), a civil engineer and land surveyor.

PLACE NAMES: Pilot Bay

When James White of the Geographic Survey of Canada inquired about how Pilot Bay got its name, he received an intriguing reply.

PLACE NAMES: Playmor Junction

Playmor Junction, at the intersection of Highway 6 and 3A, is one of the more recent additions to local toponymy, dating to 1968.

PLACE NAMES: Poplar and Porcupine

The Lardeau ghost town of Poplar Creek was the site of a short-lived gold rush that began in 1903.

PLACE NAMES: Poupore, Powder Point, and Power’s Camp

Of the few remaining railway siding signs in this area, Poupore surely ranks as the oddest.

PLACE NAMES: Procter, Part 1

Is it Procter or Proctor? The answer is simple but the explanation is complicated.

PLACE NAMES: Queens Bay, Rambler, and Raspberry

According to Kootenay Outlet Reflections, Queens Bay “received its name before 1883, when the Ainsworth Mining Camp opened.”

PLACE NAMES: Remac and Renata

Remac is a compound name taken from the principal locators of the Reeves MacDonald mining properties.

PLACE NAMES: Retallack

Retallack is another place in the Valley of the Ghosts along Highway 31A between Kaslo and New Denver known by several names.

PLACE NAMES: Riondel

The origin of Riondel’s name is no mystery, but its pronunciation has been controversial for generations.

PLACE NAMES: Ritaville, Riverside, and Rivervale

Ritaville was only ever mentioned once but it’s notable as one of the few local places named after a woman.

PLACE NAMES: Rosebery and Ross Spur

Rosebery, on Slocan Lake, was originally known as Wilson Creek, the body of water that flows through it.

PLACE NAMES: Rossland, Part 1

The area where Rossland sits was first called kEluwi’sst or kmarkn by the Sinixt First Nation, who knew it as a good area for huckleberries.

PLACE NAMES: Rossland, Part 2

Last week we saw that Rossland was originally known as Thompson, after Ross Thompson, who pre-empted a homestead on the future city’s site.

PLACE NAMES: Salmo

Salmo is the Latin form of salmon and takes its name from the Salmon River (now Salmo River) that flows through it.