When you look at the communities that sit around Flin Flon, it is easy to see that many of them have unique names. Where do these names come from? What are the interesting stories behind them? This column, we are going to dive into the history of the names of the communities that surround Flin Flon.
Flin Flon: Let’s start with the main community itself, which most residents will know. The lead character in the book The Sunless City was called Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin. He piloted a submarine through a bottomless lake that took him to an underworld lined with gold. When Tom Creighton, who found a copy of the book, discovered a high-grade exposure of copper, he thought about the book and the name.
Bakers Narrows: This community is named for the first homesteader in the area. He was named Bill Baker, and as a trapper from Ontario who settled with his wife Lydia Paul in the area. At first it was called Bakers Landing, but that name was changed later on.
Denare Beach: Originally called Beaver Lake, when Saskatchewan Parks took over the area, they changed the name from Beaver/Amisk Lake to Denare Beach. They did this by taking the first two letters of the Department of Natural Resources and came up with Denare Beach.
Creighton: This community gets its name from Thomas Creighton, the same prospector who came up with the name for Flin Flon.
Sherridon: This small community earned its name thanks to the Sherritt Gordon nickel mine in the area, which operated until 1952. The name comes from the first six letters of the first name of the mine, and the last three letters of the second name.
Kinoosao: Located far to the north of Flin Flon, this community gets its name from the Cree word for fish. Kinistino, Saskatchewan and Kinuso, Alberta both also take their name from this word.
Sturgeon Landing: The name for this community comes from the abundant sturgeon that were found in the area by settlers.
Cumberland House: The name origin of Cumberland House, one of the most important fur trading forts of the 18th and 19th centuries, probably comes from Prince Rupert, the Duke of Cumberland from 1617 to 1687, who was the first governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
The Pas: When the area was controlled by France, it was named Fort Paskoya, after the people of the Pasquia River. For many years afterwards, the settlement wasknown as Pascoyac, before eventually becoming Le Pas. This would eventually change to The Pas as the area was settled by English speaking pioneers during the late-1800s and early-1900s.
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Information for this column comes from Flin Flon and Wikipedia.