Mount Talbot

Name officially adopted in 1925
Earliest known reference to this name is 1923
Feature type: Mount
Province: British Columbia
Location: Alta-BC boundary, N of Shale Pass, S of Morkill Pass
Latitude: 53°37’00” N
Longitude: 119°43’00” W
NTS map: 83E/12
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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Frederick Talbot

Frederick Talbot
Montreal Gazette

British travel author Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot (1880-1924) traversed the Yellowhead Pass in 1910, one year ahead of the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Talbot was hired by the railway to cross Canada and report the potential of the areas being opened up. Two books, published in London, resulted from the trip: New garden of Canada: By Pack-horse and Canoe through Undeveloped New British Columbia, (1911), and The Making of a Great Canadian Railway (1912). The mountain was named by the Geodetic Survey in 1923, during the survey of the interprovincial boundary.

In 1924, while living in Pointe-Claire, Québec, Talbot was sent to Calgary to make arrangements for the arrival of the Prince of Wales to ceremoniously travel the complete rail line. But at 44 years old, Talbot contracted pneumonia in Calgary and died.


  • 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
  • Talbot, Frederick Arthur Ambrose [1880–1924]. The new garden of Canada. By pack-horse and canoe through undeveloped new British Columbia. London: Cassell, 1911
  • Talbot, Frederick Arthur Ambrose [1880–1924]. The making of a great Canadian railway. The story of the search for and discovery of the route, and the construction of the nearly completed Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from the Atlantic to the Pacific with some account of the hardships and stirring adventures of its constructors in unexplored country.. London: Seely, 1912
  • Schukov, Victor. “Meet Frederick Talbot, one of Pointe-Claire’s long forgotten celebrities.” Montreal Gazette, November 17, 2014 . Montreal Gazette
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