Monday, November 14, 2011

Skaha Lake (what's in the name)

What's in the name Skaha Lake? Well here is Wikipidia to the rescue.

Skahalake

Skaha Lake

Skaha Lake, historically known as Dog Lake and originally Lac Du Chien, is a freshwaterlake located along the course of the Okanagan River in the Okanagan Valley of British ColumbiaCanada.[1][2] It has a surface area of approximately 20 km², with a maximum depth of 55 metres. The lake is situated directly south of Okanagan Lake and forms the southern shoreline and boundary of the city of PentictonBritish Columbia. The community of Okanagan Falls is located at its southern end, the community of Kaleden lies in the upland area to its west.

History and meaning of name

"Labelled "L. du Chien" (Dog Lake) on Anderson Map, 1867; labelled "Du Chien L." on Trutch maps, 1866 and 1871. Origin unknown. Later, Dog became the official name. Changed in 1930 to Skaha "to agree with the local name," states the Chief Geographer. However Okanagan Indians say "skaha" is not their word for dog, but is that of the Shuswaps, and that the local word for dog is chokowapee. (Parham, 40). Another spelling is kaekuwapa. The local meaning of skaha is "horse". (Albert Millar). That is also the meaning in the Nicola dialect. (W. G. Clapperton)." 

 

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