Snowbird Pass

Feature type: pass
Province: British Columbia
Location: Alta-BC boundary, E of Berg Lake, N of Lynx Mountain

“On the opposite side of Robson Glacier is a rock mass of similar construction to Rearguard,” noted Arthur Wheeler during the Alpine Club of Canada’s 1911 expedition to the Mount Robson area. “It has been named Ptarmigan Mountain by Coleman, from the numbers of this species of grouse — Snowbirds, they are called by the hunters, prospectors and packers, from the fact that in winter they are pure white and their habitat is at snow line — seen on the alplands below them. Unfortunately, there is already a Ptarmigan Peak, Pass and Lake near Laggan on the C.P.R., and this name will require a change. Snowbird Mountain and Pass might be substituted.”

Arthur Coleman explored in the area in 1907 and 1908. Ptarmigan Mountain is now called Titkana Peak.

References:

  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver 1860-1945 . “The Alpine Club of Canada’s expedition to Jasper Park, Yellowhead Pass and Mount Robson region, 1911.” Canadian Alpine Journal 4 (1912).
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