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James Sinclair LbNA #43372

Plant date:Aug 29, 2008
City:Radium Hot Springs
County:British Columbia, CAN
Planted by:The Palaunu Family
Found by: mjane
Last found:Oct 29, 2008
Last edited:Aug 29, 2008
James Sinclair Letterbox

James Sinclair was a significant figure in the history of Radium Hot Springs. He was a Métis, employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1841, and he is most well known for bringing settlers from the Red River Colony to Oregon. Radium was originally known as Sinclair Hot Springs. The red walls of Sinclair Canyon still bear his name and truly are breath-taking as one walks or drives through them, or simply enjoys the view from the Aqua court.

Radium is not only known for its rich history and its hot springs. Residents and visitors to the area are also attracted to Radium’s other indigenous group, a band of more than 140 Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. The sheep are most commonly seen in the village in autumn through mid-spring, but a beautiful bronze life size statue in the village welcomes visitors and is appreciated by residents year round. A second commemorative sheep now welcomes Letterbox buffs from around the world.


The James Sinclair Rest Stop is the fourth rest stop after leaving the Radium town site heading south towards Invermere. It is more or less at the crest of the hill just outside of Radium. If you pass a provincial road sign that indicates it’s 2 KM to Dry Gulch Campground, you’ve just missed the correct rest stop! In the center area of the rest stop, there is an information sign regarding James Sinclair. At the south end of the rest stop (towards the left of the sign) there are two trails. The first is very steep; the second has a much gentler grade. Take the second trail about 45 paces down (100 feet, or so). To the right (north), about 7 paces off the trail, there is a fallen, rotting tree. The box is under the tree at approximately the mid-way point, covered by bark. Hope you enjoy the view! Watch out for wildlife!