Big Bell Mountain

Feature type: Mountain
Province: British Columbia
Location: Between Doré River and McIntosh Creek
Latitude: 53°17’25”
Longitude: 120°21’20”
NTS map: 93H/8
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
The namesake may be a Canadian Pacific Railway surveyor named H. P. Bell, who scouted the Fraser River above Fort George in the winter of 1875–76.

The name refers to its shape. In 1988, McBride Municipal Council received a development proposal for a ski hill here, to be called “Belle”. After initially supporting the commercial interest’s play on the word, Council endorsed the historic spelling “Bell” in 1992. (Also Little Bell Mountain).

Some say that Bell Mountain was named in the 1960s because of a fancied resemblance to a bell. It was also known as Mount Baldy. A sign for the “Belle Mountain Ski Area” appears at the foot of Bell Mountain Road.

References:

  • BC Geographical Names.

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