Klemtu

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: On Kitasoo I.R.1, NE side of Swindle Island, Range 3 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°35'00''N, 128°31'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 103A/10

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.