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The village of Kaslo was founded in 1891 and was incorporated August 14, 1893.
The origin (or the toponymy) of ' . Kaslo . ':
There seems to be several stories for the naming of Kaslo:<1>
- According to D.P. Kane, postmaster in 1905: "Kaslo was named by my brother and myself in the year 1890. Previous to this time my brother and myself staked a pre-emption and a purchase comprising a mile square or 640 acres more or less at the mouth of the river that flows into Kootenay lake at this point. The river was then and had been for many years before named Kaslo so we named the town after the river".
- Also from D.P. Kane: "For a time when I was alone here I had an old Frenchman trapper staying with me in the cabin for awhile and he told me that years before when the Hudson Bay Company came in on this lake to get lead from the Blue Bell Mine for bullets, that there was a Frenchman with their party by the name of John Kaslo or Kasleau, who came up the lake to the head looking for placer gold and had named the river after his name."
- From a transcript provided by Innes Cooper: "The name Kaslo is derived from an Indian word, 'As-Kas-leo', meaning place where blackberries grow. The name was given to the spot prior to the advent of the whites, and was due to the fact that the Indians went to that point on the shore of Kootenay Lake each summer to harvest the prolific yield of blackberries that grew on or near the area now covered by the city."
But as a counter-point, consider D.P. Kane again: "I do know that there is nothing in the fable of 'where blackberries grow' as blackberries do not or ever did grow here. In early days I lived alone at this point and for a whole year had nothing by Indians around and not one of them could tell me a word as to how the name originated. The name is not Indian, that is certain."
- From Mrs. John Keen: "Named after John Kasleau, Hudson's Bay Company trapper, who placer mined on the creek. The town was plotted by John Keen in 1891 and [he] corrupted the name to Kaslo."
Time Zone: Kaslo lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time. The time zone in French: PST- Heure Normale du Pacifique (HNP), PDT- Heure Avancée du Pacifique (HAP).
Note: If you leave Kaslo and travel south, you will leave Pacific Time and cross into the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT).
Area codes for Kaslo: (250) & (778)<2>
The Canadian Postal Code for Kaslo: V0G<3>
Websites for Kaslo ...
Official Website: www.kaslo.com/
Communities near Kaslo ...
We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Kaslo.
TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Kaslo ...
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Adding Kaslo to Our Gazetteer ...
The earliest source we've referenced which mentioned Kaslo was mentioned on a train schedule titled Canadian Pacific Railroad Time Tables (October 1899).
We also found Kaslo on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for British Columbia (1956).
For more details, see References and Mentions for Kaslo.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Kaslo: www.kaslo.com/
The official website for Province of British Columbia: https://www.gov.bc.ca/
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