Wahleach Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
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Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: In Fraser River opposite Laidlaw, between Hope and Agassiz, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°20'20''N, 121°37'36''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92H/5

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 7 April 1955 on 92H/SW, as labelled on Dominion Sectional sheet 11, Yale, published in 1913. Wahleach Island IR is identified on Harris' 1905 map of New Westminster.

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

An Indian word meaning "crossing a neck of land between two bodies of water" [ie. portage]. (Information provided by L.A. Agassiz, 1913). No explanation for why a word that translates to portage would be applied to an island. See also Waleach (sic) (railway station).

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

Wahleach Island is spelled "Xwelích" in Halq'eméylem; "the name comes from the name of a man." (You Are Asked to Witness: the Sto:lo in Canada's Pacific Coast History, Sto:lo Heritage Trust, 1996, p.198).

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