Bucephalus Peak

British Columbia. Peak
SE of Yellowhead Lake
52.8222 N 118.4444 W — Map 083D16 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1951
Official in BCCanada
The Assiniboine rescues Bucephalus

The Assiniboine rescues Bucephalus
The North-West Passage by Land, p. 259

“Cheadle’s horse was the most extraordinary-looking animal in the whole cavalcade. Bucephalus stood about fifteen hands, was straight in the shoulder, one of his legs was malformed and crooked, his head was very large, and his tail very long. On the road he was continually stumbling; and when Cheadle rode him about the settlement, he was at first nearly pitched over every gate and fence he came to. But he turned up the most useful horse of the whole number, galloping over the roughest ground after buffalo without ever making a mistake, or giving his rider a fall, and eventually carried packs over the mountains into British Columbia.” Walter Butler Cheadle [1835–1910] crossed the Yellowhead Pass with William Wentworth Fitzwilliam Milton [1839–1877] in 1863.

The original Bucephalus (“bull-headed”) was the horse of Alexander the Great of Macedon.


  • Milton, William Wentworth Fitzwilliam [1839–1877], and Cheadle, Walter Butler [1835–1910]. The North-West Passage by Land. Being the narrative of an expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific, undertaken with the view of exploring a route across the continent to British Columbia through British territory, by one of the northern passes in the Rocky Mountains. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1865. Internet Archive
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