Translating Klehkoot - "wide open space".

Since before time was counted, Klehkoot was a place of space and power. The very name given to the lake by the original First Nations residents meant "wide open space." With its 140 kilometres of shoreline and multiple arms, bays and coves ringed by mountains, the lake is still a wide open space that draws visitors from around the world.

The original name of the lake, Klehkoot, is still applied to the Klehkoot arm, where Klehkoot Marina Vistas homes are located. The descendents of the original inhabitants - the Kleh-koot-aht, Muh-uulth-aht, and Cuu-ma-as-aht or Ahahswinis - still live in the area and are known as the Hupacasath.

The clearest sign of the importance of the lake in First Nations' culture is found on the north shore, where detailed carvings were etched into the rock thousands of years ago. These carvings are among the finest in British Columbia and earned Sproat Lake a place among the 108 locations described by Brad Olsen in his 2008 book, Sacred Places North America..

Olsen identifies the lake as an early center for shamanistic rituals designed to enourage successful hunts and the fertility of nature. Central to these rituals were the petroglyphs, panels of carved rock, which are incised into the cliffs which border the lake.

Called K'ak'awin by First Nations tribes, the panels include images of a large aquatic creature and representations of salmon. Believed to be as much as 10,000 years old, these carvings are among the finest in the province and are preserved within a provincial park.

Your new home in Klehkoot Marina Vistas gives you the ability to experience these carvings and explore park and the rest of the lake at will. Your boat is just steps from your door, in the private berth included with your home.