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Shuswap Lake

Shuswap Lake consists of four arms, forming a shape of the letter H. The four arms are called Salmon Arm (SW), Anstey Arm (NE), Seymour Arm (N), and the main lake (W).

"Origin Notes and History:
Shuswap Lake adopted in the 4th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1902, as spelled on Arrowsmith's 1859 map. See also Shuswap River. Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Spelled "Schewhap Lake" on Arrowsmith's 1832 map; spelled "Shoushwap Lake" on Arrowsmith's 1837 map. Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Length of shoreline = 199 miles; approximate area = 123 square miles. The ancient name [not recorded here] is said to mean 'spider' or 'insect' because the lake's arms resemble a splayed insect. Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

From Suxwa'pmux, the name of the Interior Salish band which inhabit the area. Their name was spelt in a variety of ways by the early fur-traders: "She Whaps," "Shewhoppes," "Shoo-Schwawps" [note: the preferred modern spelling is Secwepemc, pronounced seWEP-mek]. Shuswap Lake was formerly known as "Great Shuswap Lake" in contradistinction to Little Shuswap Lake to the west of it. Unfortunately we have no indication of the origin of the name Shuswap. Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973."

[Cited: BC Government 2013]


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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:Canada
Keywords:12-Sep-09, 2009, British, CSRD, Canada, Columbia, Columbia-Shuswap, District, Lake, Regional, Shuswap

Shuswap Lake