Valemount

Feature type: Village (1)
Province: British Columbia
Location: On CNR, S of Swift Creek
Latitude: 52°50’00”
Longitude: 119°15’00”
NTS map: 83D/14
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

A valley in the mountains — that is how Canadian National Railroad officials saw the village when the station house was moved from Swift Creek, a mile west, in 1927. Alexander Kushnir, the section foreman, was asked by the railroad to poll the local citizens concerning a name for the new location. The railroad suggested “Valemount” as an alternative to the suggestion of “Burgoyne,” commemorating Jim Burgoyne who had worked in the area for many years.

The Swift Creek post office was changed to Valemount in 1928.

References:

  • Canoe Mountain Echo. Weekly newspaper published at Valemount by Pyramid Press of Jasper. Last issue, June 1988..
  • Topping, William. A checklist of British Columbia post offices. Vancouver: published by the author, 7430 Angus Drive, 1983
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