First Nations Island Towns and Villages in BC

Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada

Phil Leng, of Kirkland, WA gave me an idea for my Blog this morning. He wrote about Native Indian place names in Washington State.

I want to share with you a fascinating island called Village Island that housed a now-abandoned community called Mamalilaculla, here in beautiful British Columbia.

Located in the Broughton islands, Mamalilaculla, which was originally built on a midden, is an abandoned First Nations community with the remains of an old totem pole rotting away on the ground. Bear scat is often evident near the bushes and the last time I was there (as a teenager) some of the old delapidated buildings from the 1920's still remained. I was told that one of the buildings served as a hospital, but I don't know how true that was.

In recent years a Native Indian, whose family had lived on the island, gave guided tours of the village. Many of the artifacts from these villages are now on display in Native Museums on Quadra Island, Alert Bay and the Campbell River Museum.

Mamalilaculla on Village Island

The whole area at the mouth of Knight Inlet is very popular with boaters and kayakers and now we have just sold our boat I wonder if I will ever get the chance to go back to those wonderful solitary islanda of Knight Inlet.

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Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty
4460 Chatterton Way, Victoria, BC Canada V8X 5J2

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Comments (2)

Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

I grew up in Puyallup, WA so I'm familiar with Indian names of towns.  My favorite water spot in my twenties was at Potowotomie State Park in WI.  Your area looks so beautifully picturesque - it must be a joy to sell homes there!  I love your photos.

Sep 13, 2010 01:59 PM
David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada - Victoria, BC
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Hi Cara - thank you for your response to my post. I like the name 'Potowotomie'! Our area is certainly beautiful, especially among the Gulf Islands in and around Victoria. Houses are among the highest prices in Canada, but people still continue to want to live here. We get many retirees moving to the west coast, and our weather really is great. We have very little snow in winter and very pleasant warm summers with no humidity.



Sep 19, 2010 04:13 AM