Mount Cheadle

Feature type: Mount
Province: British Columbia
Location: E side of North Thompson River, N of Mud Lake
Latitude: 52°20’00”
Longitude: 119°05’00”
NTS map: 83D/6
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

In 1863, British adventurers William Wentworth Fitzwilliam (Viscount Milton) and Dr. Walter Butler Cheadle awoke to “a glorious morning” in the valley of the North Thompson River. “Milton chose a fine hill to the left as his mountain, and I as still higher to the right,” Cheadle wrote. “His cone-like and terraced, mine a long range of very rugged rocks, very high and snow-clad with green slopes and bright pines half way up. Very fine indeed.”

Walter Butler Cheadle

Walter Butler Cheadle

Walter Butler Cheadle (1835–1910) accompanied Milton on a journey across Canada in 1862–63. They crossed the Rocky Mountains through Yellowhead Pass, almost starved in the North Thompson Country, and eventually straggled into Kamloops. They visited the Cariboo gold fields before returning to England by ship from Victoria. Cheadle, the older and more resourceful of the two, assumed most of the responsibility for their journey. He spelled out their story in two books, Journal of a Trip across Canada and The North West Passage by Land, which has gone through ten editions. In 1865, Cheadle resumed medical practice in London, and married in the following year. He met with great success in his career, and served as dean of St. Mary’s Medical School from 1869 to 1873. In the face of much opposition, he stood among the early supporters of women’s claims to a right to practice medicine.

References:

  • Cheadle, Walter B. 1835-1910. Cheadle’s Journal of Trip Across Canada 1862-63. Ottawa: Graphic Publishers, 1931
  • 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
  • Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967

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