Myths & Legends: Ogogpogo and Sasquatch

Myths & Legends is a peek at some of the background we’ve discovered to the themes used by the subcamps, departments, and patrols at PJ. Add your comments or send us your story!


In Canadian folklore, Ogopogo, or Naitaka in Salish, is a lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in  B.C. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 12 to 15 meter serpent. Ogopogo has been seen by First Nations people since the 19th century.

In 1946, a sighting is claimed to have occurred at an Okanagan Mission beach, seen by about thirty cars of people who all claimed to have seen the same thing.  In 2011, a cell phone video captured two dark shapes in the water. In September 2018, there were reportedly three sightings, one of which was described as a giant snake that was about 15 m long.


In North American folklore, Bigfoot or Sasquatch are said to be hairy, upright-walking, ape-like creatures that dwell in the wilderness and leave footprints. They are strongly associated with British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, and individuals claim to see the creatures across North America.

People who claim to have seen it describe Bigfoot as large, muscular, creatures, roughly 6–9 feet (1.8–2.7 m) tall, covered in hair. The enormous footprints for which the creatures are named are claimed to be as large as 60 cm long and 20 cm wide. 

In the 1920s, a reporter compiled local stories and published them in a series of Canadian newspaper articles. They were accounts told to him by the Sts’ailes people and others. According to Sts’Ailes accounts, the Sasquatch preferred to avoid white men and spoke the Lillooet language of the people at the head of Harrison Lake in BC..  He borrowed the term Sasquatch from the Halcomen word sásq’ets and used it in his articles to describe a type of ape-like creature.

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