Waddington Peak

Feature type: Peak (2)
Province: British Columbia
Location: S of Yellowhead Lake
Latitude: 52°48’00”
Longitude: 118°31’00”
NTS map: 83D/15
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Perhaps named for Alfred Penderill Waddington (1801-72), although he would appear to have no association with the area.

Alfred Waddington was born in London, educated in Paris and Germany, worked in France and Brazil, and was a partner in a grocery firm in California by 1858, when he went to Victoria to establish a branch of his firm. He sat in the British Columbia House of Assembly in 1861-2 and helped to draft the city charter in 1862. His book The Fraser mines vindicated; or, the history of four months (Victoria, 1858) may have been the first book printed in British Columbia. Waddington wrote it in the hope of checking the exodus of miners who had not succeeded in the first rush to the gold fields.

In 1864, Waddington attempted to build a road from Bute Inlet to the interior, an enterprise in which a party of his workmen were killed by the Chilcotin Indians, and through which he was ruined financially. He spent the rest of his life advocating a transcontinental railway and attempting to get a charter to build it. Sandford Fleming, chief engineer of the CPR, praised his planned route.

References:

  • Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967

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