Christina Lake: Prior to the European Settlement, Christina Lake was part of the region inhabited by the Sinixt First Nations group. Also known as the Arrow Lakes People, the Sinixt were an Interior Salish people whose territory stretched roughly from the Monashees to Kootenay Lake and from Revelstoke to northeast Washington. Christina Lake was an important fishing ground, as was the Kettle River around Cascade. Pictographs located at various points along the northeast lakeshore are evidence of these first inhabitants and offer a tantalizing glimpse into a past that remains largely unspoken.

Columbia Lake:
The Ktunaxa (Kootenay) people have lived and travelled the region since time began. They constructed numerous pictograph sites which chart some of their movements through this region. Some can still be viewed today on the east side of Columbia Lake. Some hiking is necessary; boat access may also be helpful.

The area surrounding the rounded granite outcrop on which the red pictographs are painted is typical of the Creston Flats. Before the advent of the dykes, this whole area at the south end of Kootenay Lake was inundated during high water. Smoke soot deposits suggest that this spot was used as a campsite by the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) people during low water. A panel, approximately 5'x4' is situated under a rock overhang about 12 feet above ground level and surrounded by a 50-foot high amphitheatre of smooth granite rock. The fine lined pictograph is painted in light rusty red; more can also be found along the westshore of Kootenay Lake.

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