Category Archives: Place Names

Blueberry Lake

British Columbia. Local unofficial name: Fraser River drainage
Headwaters of Holmes R near Continental Divide
53.3542 N 119.5436 W GoogleGeoHack
Not currently an official name.

Possibly the Meadow Lake of the Jobe map of 1915.

The Blueberry trailhead starts just past 42km on the Holmes Forest Service Road, about 10 km east of McBride. There is a small gravel pit for parking and the signed trail head starts just past that on the road.

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Mount Toot-toot

Alberta. Former unofficial name: Athabasca River drainage
N of Yellowhead Pass, N of Miette River
52.98 N 118.4301 W GoogleGeoHack
Not currently an official name.

Mount Bridgland ?

Northward, on the other side of the Yellowhead Ridge, was a wild rocky basin, forming the western source of Miette River. There were numerous lakes scattered about it on benches set out at various levels; we counted thirteen, varying in colour from indigo to ultramarine, though some were mere ponds. The line of the Continental Divide follows a ridge, extending northward from the centre of Yellowhead Ridge, which forms the boundary of the basin. It soon closes to a valley, collecting the various waters and flowing eastward. The stream is joined by the eastern source of a the Miette which comes from behind a rock mass of peculiar shape: at one end a blocky tower a stood up like a clumsy smoke-stack, and the whole looked so like a child’s toy locomotive that I called it “Mt. Toot-Toot.”

— Wheeler

But I shall confine myself to some experiences that perhaps are unknown to you We reached the Mount Robson region. As you know we were making the first topographical survey of what are now Jasper Park and Mount Robson Park. We were locating for the first time hundreds of miles of the inter-provincial boundary line between Alberta and British Columbia, and Wheeler got out the first official map of that region, because of our work that season.

Once, as we were on a peak to the west of Mount Robson, a train whistled far to the south of us. There was a good-sized peak in that region, and Mr. Wheeler said, “We will name that peak Mount Toot Toot.” I do not know whether that name stuck or not, but frequently, from that time on, Conrad would give a toot or two to emphasize some occasion, and the three of us would have secret mirth.

— Letter to Thorington from George Kinney, 1934
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, Vol. 4 (1912):9-80. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Thorington, James Monroe [1895–1989]. Banff: Whyte Museum Archives. Days remembered AC 106M/6 (1974).
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Mural Glacier

Alberta. Glacier: Smoky River drainage
N of Mumm Peak
53.1936 N 119.1783 W — Map 083E03 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1956
Official in Canada

The glacier up which we had travelled, leading to the snow-filled cirque south of Mt. Gendarme, is of much interest; the ice is thickly veneered with stones and is strewn with glacier tables, and with numerous perfectly formed sand-cones, reaching a height of five feet. Most striking, however, is a great ice wall, 400 feet high, that separates the neve from the dry glacier and reaches right across it. The moving ice-field above flows over this cliff and sends down fragments to litter the floor of the glacier below. It is referred to here as the “Mural Glacier.”

Arthur Oliver Wheeler [1860–1945]
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, Vol. 4 (1912):9-80. Alpine Club of Canada