Weewanie Hot Springs

Feature Type:Hotsprings / Hot Springs - Site of a natural flow of hot or warm water issuing from the ground. Plural of Hotspring / Hot Spring.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side of Devastation Channel opposite N end of Hawkesbury Island, S of Kitimat, Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°41'48''N, 128°47'20''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103H/10

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 7 November 1967 on 103H/10.

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

Hotsprings baths were built by the Commodore, A.A. Creed, on behalf of the Kitimat Yacht Club, for the use of all travellers passing by. The provincial government placed a reserve on this area to preserve it for all who travel the sea. (from letter dated 20 September 1967, Ottawa file c.3743.)

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

"A natural hotspring north of the mouth of Weewanie Creek. The name comes from the Haisla name Wiwaa (pronounced wee-WAH) meaning 'many creeks'. The spring is traditionally used for hygienic, medicinal, ritual and recreational bathing by the Haisla." (information contributed February 2007 by anthropologist James V. (Jay) Powell, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; consultant to Haisla Nation, 2000-present).

Source: included with note