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Vancouver Place Names

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 The BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel in downtown Vancouver has long enjoyed a strong relationship with many of the First Nations people of British Columbia. This blog features a brief description of five select ‘place names’ featuring First Nations names, which are found near the hotel.

 The largest ferry terminal in the British Columbia Ferry system is located at Tsawwassen just south of Vancouver. Tsawwassen is home to the Tsawwassen First Nation, who has lived in the area for thousands of years. Tsawwassen is a Halkomelem word meaning ‘facing seaward’.

 In Vancouver’s Stanley Park, visitors can view the legendary ‘transformation’ site of Siwash Rock. In Legends of Vancouver, poet Pauline Johnson relates a Squamish legend of how a man was transformed into Siwash Rock “as an indestructible monument to Clean Fatherhood.” A plaque near the rock states that it is “Skalsh the unselfish,” who was transformed by “Q’uas the transformer” as a reward for unselfishness.

 Capilano Suspension Bridge spans the Capilano River in North Vancouver. Joe Capilano was a leader of the Squamish First Nation. In 1906 Joe Capilano travelled to Ottawa, and then on to London England in his fight for the recognition of Native rights.

 Kitsilano is a favourite neighbourhood in Vancouver, and only minutes from the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel. Known locally as “Kits”, the neighbourhood is named after Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano. The area is home to two main commercial areas; West 4th Avenue and West Broadway, known for their retail stores, restaurants and organic food markets.Notable landmarks in Kitsilano include Kitsilano Beach and the Museum of Vancouver/H. R. MacMillan Space Centre.

 On the drive to Whistler, travelers will pass through the town of Squamish. The name of this town is derived from the local First Nations people, whose homeland includes a large area of land to the north of Vancouver.

 Vancouver is still a young city, and our explosive growth has meant a lot of lost history. Place names such as these listed; give locals and visitors alike a hint of Vancouver’s rich and colourful history.

 

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