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  1. Enjoyed your comments on Battle Bluff on Kamloops Lake, however, I am a bit to old to make the climb. But I am interested in any information about the name "Battle Bluff", I also understand there is a rock cairn at the top. Can you elaborate what  the cairn is all about?
    I would appreciate anything you can add in this regard.

  2. I can't remember what it says on the cairn, but I found this about the name "Battle Bluff" in a book called "British Columbia Place Names" by G.P.V. and Helen B. Akrigg.  Here's the quote from p. 15 (Baltzly's words in italics):
    " Writing of Dr. A.R.C.Selwyn's survey party, which passed this bluff in 1871, Benjamin Baltzly, the photographer who accompanied them, recorded:
    Here, at the foot of this rock, a naval battle was fought about a hundred years ago between two Indian tribes–at least so the Indians say.  The victorious tribe stained or painted a large projecting rock, which is about 15 feet above water, with some kind of red material to commemorate the place. Many of the present Indians have superstitious notions in relation to this place.  The Bluff had no name, although it is the most prominent point on the lake, so we named it Battle Bluff."

  3. Hi to all.  I was at Cooney Bay all day today. What a beautiful place to enjoy the calm of Kamloops Lake. However I was very dissapointed to discover that the present owners of the Tranquille Hospital property are very strict on everyone leaving the beach by 4pm. This is a provincial park and a Kamloops institution for families, Hikers, Fishermen and everyone else who enjoys the "Tranquility) of this place. Its a darn shame we are not alowed access to public property.

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