Two rivers meet. The Moyie River comes all the way from the Moyie Lake in beautiful British Columbia. It flows for about 100 miles. We’ve relaxed for a time on the shore of the Moyie River before. Very close to Meadow Creek ghost town. Nice.
According to British Columbia’s Geographical Names Information System, the word “Moyie” is a corruption of the French “mouiller” or “mouillé”, a name given by fur trappers referring to the wet conditions, also described by David Thompson in 1808. Thompson called the river “McDonald’s River”. Governor Simpson called it “Grand Quête River”. Captain Palliser called it “Choe-coos River”. The name “Moyie” was originally pronounced “moo-YAY”, indicating its French origin, but today is commonly pronounced “mo-YAY“.
At the town of Moyie Springs, the river joins with the larger Kootenai River.
The Twin Rivers Canyon Resort spreads out over this intersection … full of trees (full shade at every site), lots of camp services, and truly family friendly! We were blessed to snag a few days of rest here!
The road coming down to the resort has several hairpin turns and lots of single lane dirt road. Perfect for us … but breath-taking for larger vehicle I’m sure!
Our tranquil view out the back door as evening falls …
We haven’t yet stayed along the Kootenai River … a treat yet to come! The Kootenay (Kootenai in the U.S. and historically called the Flatbow) is a major river in the Northwest Plateau, within the borders of southeastern British Columbia, Canada, and northern Montana and Idaho in the United States. It is one of the uppermost major tributaries of the Columbia River, the largest North American river that empties into the Pacific Ocean. Oh, we’ve stopped to picnic by its shores in Montana … admiring the various falls … but the time to stay awhile by its shores are still ahead of us.
There’s something poetic about the two rivers combining into one … then combining again into something even larger, full of beauty and life. It doesn’t come to me yet, but …