Welcome to the Dictionary of Island Terms. Its purpose is to pin down the patois of Vancouver Island by recording its toponyms, nicknames, slang terms, personalities and places. Explore the ever-growing A-Z here.

Kokanee | beer, fish | A basic, inexpensive, Pilsner-style beer (5.3 ABV) long brewed in the interior BC town of Creston. Its memorable television advertisements often include a mischievous, beer-loving, ranger-eluding Sasquatch bro. The beer was named after the Kokanee Glacier, which took its name from the Okanagan First Nations word for the freshwater sockeye salmon found in the region’s many lakes.

Usage: “When I was a little kid I thought my Dad liked Kokanee because it was somehow flavoured with his favourite fish…”

There are 0 comments

How Generations of Underaged Partiers Have Avoided Cops and Cover Charges in BC

"On our way up to Jones Lake on Sunday we had to wait for a slow convoy of hungover bush party survivors to pass..."

The Dusty Rainbows That Sometimes Lead to Pots of Camping Gold

The FSRs closest to population centres are commonly used as a means for city dwellers to access free and remote campsites.

Somehow These Two Words in Latin Permitted the Crown to Claim Sovereignty Over British Columbia

Despite its fancy Latin name, the doctrine of 'Terra nullius' was of a calibre of argument typically employed by kindergarten bullies.

The Phenomenon Making Victoria Almost Three Times Sunnier Than Vancouver

"Southwestern BC isn't always wet. It really depends are where you are in relation to the Olympic Rain Shadow."