Harvey

Feature type: Railway Point
Province: British Columbia
Location: CNR control point near Tête Jaune
Latitude: 52°57’28”
Longitude: 119°26’45”
NTS map: 83D/14
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
James Shand Harvey

James Shand Harvey at his home in Hinton, Alberta, 1967. Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives

James Shand Harvey (1880–1968) spent decades as a guide and packer in the area around the Yellowhead Pass. Harvey was born in Scotland, the son of a wealthy family who owned the Castle Semple estate in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. He left behind his life of privilege and wealth and emigrated to Canada, arriving in Edmonton in 1905. After a brief stint at homesteading, he worked on surveys for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and for the Dominion Land Survey on the 14th base line from Lac Ste. Anne to Jasper. In 1909, he guided Arnold Mumm’s mountaineering expedition from Wolf Creek to their rendezvous with John Yates, and accompanied the expedition to Mount Robson. By 1911, with a few horses of his own, he hauled supplies from Lac Ste. Anne to Tête Jaune Cache. He was assistant packer to Donald “Curly” Phillips on the 1911 expedition to the Mount Robson region sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada and the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C. In the winter of 1917, Shand Harvey accompanied Phillips and Mary Jobe on their trip to the Wapiti. Shand Harvey later became a forest ranger and fire warden in the Grande Cache district of Alberta.

In 1921 he built a cabin near Entrance, at the east boundary of Jasper National Park, and trapped in the surrounding hills. James MacGregor’s book Pack Saddles to Tête Jaune Cache is about Shand Harvey.

References:

  • Hart, Edward John, 1946-. Diamond hitch: the early outfitters and guides of Banff and Jasper. Banff: Summerthought, 1979
  • MacGregor, James G. Pack Saddles to Tête Jaune Cache. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1962
  • Renfrewshire’s emigrants: James Shand Harvey
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