Monthly Archives: April 2015

Quaaout – a community enhanced by tourism

There has always been a significant community on the north side of the Little River, as evidenced by the many kekuli pit house depressions near the outlet of Shuswap Lake just to the east of the Squilax gas station. At one time there may have been many hundreds, if not thousands of Secwepemc people wintering there on what is now sacred ground. However, by the late 1970s, the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band reserve was looking somewhat threadbare, with high unemployment, very few band members living on the reserve, and its prime recreational lakefront property dominated by leased beach cabins.

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Hiking the Tplaqin Trail to the top of the Enderby Cliffs

It has been 20 years since I last hiked to the top of the Enderby Cliffs, so it was a real treat for us to make the climb recently and experience the vastly improved Tplaqin trail. In 2010, thanks to the collaborative efforts of BC Parks, the Shuswap Trail Alliance and the Splatsin Band, the steep, eroding sections were removed and replaced with long switchbacks that provide a pleasant route to the 1100 metre ridgeline.

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Last one room school was at Brennan Creek

                                      Brennan Creek School

Continuing the community tour, we head to Shuswap’s second northernmost community of Brennan Creek, where logging has always been the economic driver. The creek is named for Billy Brennan, a dominion forester who cruised timber and surveyed in the region. Billy stayed at a cabin built by the area’s only homesteader, Bill Henderson, who was often away.  In the winter he was a high valued hockey player and there is still a competition cup named after him on display in Kamloops.

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