Elephas Mountain

Feature type: Mountain
Province: British Columbia
Location: Alta-BC boundary, E of headwaters of Fraser River
Latitude: 52°36’00”
Longitude: 118°20’00”
NTS map: 83D/9
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

“Although there is no doubt that this peak was named by the Boundary Survey from the fact that is adjacent to Mt. Mastodon, and not from any actual resemblance to the animal in question,” wrote the mountaineer C. G. Wates on route to the first ascent of Mount Elephas in 1933, “it is a singular coincidence that as seen from our bivouac, the mountain forms a perfect elephant, trunk, ears and eyes complete.” The feature was named by the interprovincial boundary survey party of Wheeler and Cautley in 1921.


  • Wates, C.G. and Gibson, E.R. “The Eremite and beyond.” Canadian Alpine Journal 22 (1933).
  • Wheeler, Arthur O. and Cautley, R.W. Report of the Commission appointed to delimit the boundary between the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part III-A. Topographical surveys of the watershed. 1922, 1923, 1924. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1924

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