Big Bell Mountain

Feature type: Mountain
Province: British Columbia
Location: Between Doré River and McIntosh Creek
Latitude: 53°17’25”
Longitude: 120°21’20”
NTS map: 93H/8
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
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Some say that Bell Mountain was named in the 1960s because of a fancied resemblance to a bell. It was also known as Mount Baldy.

The namesake may perhaps be a Canadian Pacific Railway surveyor named H. P. Bell, who scouted the Fraser River above Fort George in the winter of 1875–76.

In 1988, McBride Village Council received a development proposal for a ski hill here, to be called “Belle”. After initially supporting the commercial interest’s play on the word, Council endorsed the historic spelling “Bell” in 1992. (Also Little Bell Mountain).

A sign for the “Belle Mountain Ski Area” appears at the foot of Bell Mountain Road.


  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. BCGN

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