Grace Harbour

Feature Type:Harbour (1) - Sheltered water in a shoreline indentation, suitable for mooring or anchoring vessels.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S side of Gifford Peninsula facing Malaspina Peninsula, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°02'55''N, 124°44'56''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92K/2

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 27 April 1945 on C3591, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart #580, 1862 et seq.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

The traditional name of Grace Harbour is Kah kee ky (January 2009 advice from Land Use Planning Coordinator, Sliammon First Nation) The name Kahkeeky translates to "camp overnight" possibly in reference to kiymtan which means camping place. This is in reference to the protected waters of the whole harbour. Prior to European arrival, this was a major village site, not only for the Sliammon people but shared with the Tlo'hos (Klahoose) and Xwe'malhkwu (Homalco) in the winter when they held numerous ceremonies and used the tiny islet in front of the village as a speaking podium. The entire inlet is a very significant traditional use area rich in archaeological sites, trade trails and important stories. It is still utilized extensively by Tla'amin people to gather traditional foods and medicines. Desolation Sound Marine Park was established over the entire Gifford Peninsula surrounding the entire Reserve. This world renowned park attracts a huge amount of tourists to the area which affects the Nation's ability to utilize the village. Kaykeeky is a phonetic spelling of a word in the language of the Tla'amin, Tlo'hos and Xwe'malhkwu people. Ayeahjuthum is what we call our language and linguists call the "Mainland Comox dialect." (Sliammon Traditional Use Study, Sliammon Place Names Project & Sliammon Culture, Heritage and Language Committee 2010.)

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The Sliammon name, K'ák'ik'i (possibly from k'iymtan, meaning "camping place") at Grace Harbour was a major village site not only for the original Sliammon people but also for the Klahoose and Homalco; just before the arrival of non-Indians, all three groups wintered here. (from "Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands" by Dorothy Kennedy & Randy Bouchard, BCILP, Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1983).

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