Bucephalus Peak

Feature type: Peak (2)
Province: British Columbia
Location: SE of Yellowhead Lake
Latitude: 52°49’00”
Longitude: 118°26’00”
NTS map: 83D/16
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

“Cheadle’s horse was the most extraordinary-looking animal in the whole cavalcade. Bucephalus stood about fifteen hands, was straight in the shoulder, one of his legs was malformed and crooked, his head was very large, and his tail very long. On the road he was continually stumbling; and when Cheadle rode him about the settlement, he was at first nearly pitched over every gate and fence he came to. But he turned up the most useful horse of the whole number, galloping over the roughest ground after buffalo without ever making a mistake, or giving his rider a fall, and eventually carried packs over the mountains into British Columbia.” Walter B. Cheadle crossed the Yellowhead Pass with William Wentworth Fitzwilliam (Viscount Milton) in 1863.

The peak was a camera station on the interprovincial boundary survey, which worked through Yellowhead Pass in 1917.

The original Bucephalus (“bull-headed”) was the horse of Alexander tof Macedon.

References:

  • Milton, William Fitzwilliam and Cheadle, Walter B. The North-West Passage by Land. Being the narrative of an expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific, undertaken with the view of exploring a route across the continent to British Columbia through British territory, by one of the northern passes in the Rocky Mountains. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1865
  • Wheeler, Arthur O. and Cautley, R.W. Report of the Commission appointed to delimit the boundary between the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part III-A. Topographical surveys of the watershed. 1922, 1923, 1924. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1924

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