Atlin is a name that comes from the inland Tlingit people. Aht-lah means big lake and there is an Atlin Lake on the B.C.-Yukon border.
Cariboo originally ran the length of the Hastings Townsite. However, a 1950s bylaw changed the name of this section from Cariboo to Skeena. Today a block length off East 29th at Skeena is all that remains.
Now Kamloops comes from the Shuswap name Kahm-o-loops, which means 'the meeting of the waters'.
Kaslo - river and city - has two versions of how the name was obtained.Perhaps the name is from a prospector by the name of John Kasleau or perhaps the Kootenay name for the blackberries that are abundant in that area - cassoloe or kas-low.
There is some more history to the name of Renfrew. Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island got its name due to Lord Renfrew of Scotland. He had planned to bring Scottish crofters there. The Renfrew Mining Division drew their name from the town and gave its name to Renfrew Street in Vancouver in 1906. Renfrew is now the name of the neighbourhood.
Rupert is even more interesting. In a roundabout way, King Charles II connects to the name. Prince Rupert of Rhine was Charles' cousin and the prince headed a group that got a royal charter to start the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670. Prince Rupert's name inspired many Canadian places including the town of Prince Rupert and the Rupert Mining District.
Skeena is the combination of two Tsimshian words that mean 'water from the clouds'. The Skeena Mining Division is named for Skeena River, which reaches the ocean at Prince Rupert.
Slocan Mining Division is named after Slocan Lake. The lake got its name in 1859 after an Okanagan Native word meaning 'to pierce'. It refers to spearing salmon.
Then there is Windermere Mining Division. That name came from Windermere Lake, near Invermere.
Isn't it interesting how names came to be? I think so.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Slocan, Kelowna, British Columbia