Coquihalla River (originally locally /ˌkɒkɪˈhælə/ or more
recently and popularly /ˌkoʊkɪˈhælə/) is a tributary of the
Fraser River in the
Cascade Mountains of the Canadian province of
British Columbia. It originates in the Coquihalla Lakes and empties
Fraser River at Hope.
Coquihalla River divides two portions of the Cascades, the Skagit
Range and the Hozameen Range. The river flows through a deep,
narrow valley, dropping 3,400 feet (1,000 m) in 33 miles
(53 km), a tumultuous course that creates an incessant roar.
Kw'ikw'iyá:la in the
Halkomelem language of the Stó:lō, is a place
name meaning "stingy container" or "stingy place". It refers
specifically to a deep pool named Skw'éxweq or Skw'exwáq, near the
mouth of what is now known as the Coquihalla River. The Stó:lō would
go to this pool to spear suckerfish, which were plentiful there.
According to Stó:lō oral history, the s'ó:lmexw (black-haired,
2-foot tall, dark-skinned underwater people) would grab the spears,
preventing fish from being caught. Thus they were stingy with the
fish. There were two other pools in the rivers where this was said to
The Coquihalla Highway, which runs from Hope to Kamloops, derives its
name from running alongside this river between Hope and the site of a
former toll booth about 50 kilometres (31 mi) away. Portions of
the motion picture
First Blood were filmed there.
List of tributaries of the Fraser River
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^ Elevation derived from ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model, using
GeoLocator, and BCGNIS coordinates.
^ "Coquihalla River". BC Geographical Names.
^ "Archived Hydrometric Data Search". Water Survey of Canada. Archived
from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
Search for Station 08MF068
Coquihalla River above Alexander Creek
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ISBN 978-0-520-94518-0. Retrieved 16