Berg Lake

Feature type: Lake
Province: British Columbia
Location: N of Mount Robson
Latitude: 53°08’00”
Longitude: 119°09’00”
NTS map: 83E/3
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
“From the elevated ice-field, fed by avalanching snows from the sides of Robson, a gigantic ice cascade tumbles down rock precipices and buries its nose in the waters of Berg Lake. At frequent intervals great chunks of ice break off with a report like cannon, and, bonding and rattling down the steep incline, plunge into the clear water of the lake. I have seen one of these enormous ice-blocks send a spout of water fully twenty feet into the air, while the waves caused by the upheaval wash to the farther shore. The incessant ice-falls soon fill the lake with floating blocks which drift hither and thither as the wind directs. Imagine a lake a mile-and-a-half long, three-quarters of a mile wide, of prefect turquoise-blue, filling the whole width of the valley floor, its surface dotted thickly with miniature icebergs, showing snow white against it.”

The lake described by Arthur Wheeler, who traveled around Mount Robson in 1911, was named in 1908 by George Kinney, a member of Arthur Coleman’s mountaineering party. Like Wheeler, Coleman approached Mount Robson from the Moose Valley, and first saw Berg Lake from the Robson Pass.

References:

  • Hart, Edward John, 1946-. Diamond hitch: the early outfitters and guides of Banff and Jasper. Banff: Summerthought, 1979
  • Kinney, George Rex Boyer, 1872-1961. London, England: Royal Geographical Society Archives. Letter to Arthur Hinks (1917).
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver 1860-1945 . “The mountains of the Yellowhead Pass.” Alpine Journal 26, no.198 (1912).
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