What’s in a Name? Rum Island
This is the third in our local name series. Most of our featured names are drawn from “The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names” by Andrew Scott. We have a copy in the library!
Rum Island lies only about 1 km from the US-Canada border and supposedly served as a staging point for liquor smugglers crossing the border to Stuart Island during the Prohibition era. Renee Nelson bequeathed the Island to the Province in 1978 with the specification that it be called "Isle-de-lis" (the name of the marine park) for the wild lilies that bloom there in the spring. The Coast Salish name for the island is Xelexátem meaning "crossways".