BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Klemtu
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Community
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: On Kitasoo I.R.1, NE side of Swindle Island, Range 3 Coast Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 52°35'00''N, 128°31'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD27
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 103A/10
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Origin Notes and History:

"Klemtu (Village), not Klemtoo, nor China Hat" was adopted in the 15th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1917. Identified as Klemtu (Post Office) in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, listing as alternate names Klemtoo, China Hat and Kitasoo (villages). Identified as Klemtu (Post Office & Steamer Landing) in the 1953 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Klemtu (Community) 14 January 1983 on 103/10.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Klemtu Post Office was opened 16 June 1927.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Formerly called "China Hat" because of the shape of Cone Island which protects it. It gets its present name from "Klemdoo-oolk," a Tsimpsean word meaning"impassable". From both north and south the bay on which the village stands looks like part of a passage, but it is not.
Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.