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Manitou Mountain

  • 2362 m (7,750ft)
  • Naming History
54.2375N -120.385W
Located north of the Narraway River Valley

Province: BC
Headwater: Smoky
Year Named: 1928
Named for: Manitou is a spiritual term whose origin is one or more native languages.

"Manito: the mysterious and unknown potencies and powers of life and of the universe. As taken over from Algonquian into the vocabulary of the white name, it has signified spirit, good, bad or indifferent... the spelling manitou indicated French influence, the earlier writers in English using manitto, manetto, manitoa, etc.... The form manitou comes with French intermediation from the central dialects, the Chippewa, and Nipissing, or Cree... " (Handbook of Indians of Canada, Geographic Board of Canada, 1913, p.273). [Courtesy B.C. Geographical Names]