Needles

Feature Type:Landing (1) - A coastal or shore location where boats may put in to load or unload.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NW side of Lower Arrow Lake opposite Fauquier, NW of Castlegar, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°52'24''N, 118°06'03''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/16

Origin Notes and History:

Needles (Post Office and Steamer Landing) adopted 28 January 1953 on Columbia River Basin manuscript 17, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915, and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Needles (Landing) 15 April 1982 on 82E/16.

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

Needles Post Office was opened 1 July 1908; closed 30 April 1968 before the area was flooded behind the High Arrow Dam.

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

So-named because of a sharp sandy point jutting into the lake on the opposite shore (Arrow Lake News, 29 June 1967)

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