BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Sicamous
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Feature Types.
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District Municipality (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated under the provincial Municipal Ac
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: SE end Shuswap Lake, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 50°50'10''N, 118°58'48''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 82L/15
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 82L/14
82L/15
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Origin Notes and History:

Sicamous (Post Office & Station) adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on CPR map of 1886, and on BC Lands' map 1EM, 1915, etc; confirmed 2 June 1931 on 82L/NW. Identified as Sicamous (Post Office) in the 1953 BC Gazetteer. Sicamous (Post Office, Station & Steamer Landing) confirmed 29 April 1965 on 82L/NE. Form of name changed to Sicamous (Community) 28 February 1983 on 82L/15. Incorporated as a District Municipality 4 December 1989 called District of Sicamous. Sicamous (District Municipality) confirmed 4 October 1990 on 82L/15 and 82L/14.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Sicamous Post Office was opened 1 November 1887, named in association with Schikmouse, Schickmous or Shick-a-mows Narrows (as labelled on Moberley's 1866 map, and on Trutch's 1871 map, and as identified in Dawson's 1877 report, respectively).
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"River circling mountains" (information from Isaac Harris, published in Vernon News, 18 July 1918)
Source: included with note