Shannon Falls

Feature Type:Falls - Perpendicular or steep descent of water. Variation of Waterfall.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Shannon Creek, S. of Squamish, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°40'12''N, 123°09'23''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 3 March 1949 on Chart 3586 - an established local name according to D.R. Burgess.

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

Crown Grant of L.608 at mouth of Shannon Creek made to William Shannon and Charles McLachlan on Nov. 12, 1889. Shannon emigrated from Sligo, Ireland to Ontario. After moving to California, he worked northwards to BC, working as miner, trader, freighter and cattleman. Born February 19, 1841; died February 2, 1928.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

Kwékwetxwm is the Squamish name for this breathtaking waterfall known for the deep rumbling sound of its cascading torrents. Kwékwetxwm is a highly used resource gathering area because of its proximity to the nearby village of Stawamus. This was a prominent deer and raccoon hunting area. The mythological hero Xwéch'taal (the serpent slayer) used this as an access route in his pursuit of Sínulhka, the dreaded double headed sea serpent. The path of Sínulhka reeked of spiritual power necessitating Xwech'taal to find a parallel path then the serpent climbed Siám' Smánit (the Chief Mountain). He purified himself in the waters of Kwékwetxwm to strengthen his mind, body and soul. (December 2011 from: Cultural Journey Sea-to-Sky Corridor website, Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations)

Source: included with note