Wynndel

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side of Kootenay River, just N of Creston, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°10'48''N, 116°33'09''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82F/2

Origin Notes and History:

Wynndel (Post Office) adopted 9 September 1924 on Geological Survey sheet 2044, Creston (file C.1.24), as labelled on BC map "Kootenay Valley Lands" published 14 October 1908. Identified in 1909 BC Gazetteer as "Wynndel (station)...on the Crow's Nest Pass branch of CPR which is here joined by the Bedlington branch of the GNR." Note however that Duck Creek is identified as the station name in CPR timetables. BC map 1EM, 1915, labels "Wynndel (Wilkes)" and Duck Creek (station) about 1 mile north. Confirmed as Wynndel (Post Office) 3 July 1947 on Columbia River Basin manuscripts 3 & 4. Form of name changed to Wynndel (community) 15 March 1983 on 82F/2.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Wynndel Post Office was opened 1 September 1910, located within the CPR right-of-way across the road from Duck Creek Railway Station (see sketch by Postmaster). [Without specific evidence, it is presumed that residents first requested that their Post Office be named to match the railway station, in turn named in association with the adjacent watercourse; such request would have been turned down by the Post Office Department in Ottawa, due to duplication elsewhere in Canada.]

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

After Wynndel, one of the oldest and most successful fruit ranchers of the neighbourhood. Note that local residents discount this origin. One local theory holds that a NWMP officer named Wynn was with Samuel Steele at Wildhorse Creek c1885, and later served with distinction in the Boer War, 1900.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office