Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows S into Fraser, SE of Moose Lake
NTS map: 83D/15
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
George Monro Grant (1835–1902) was secretary to Sanford Fleming during the engineer’s survey of the route for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
When British Columbia entered the Dominion in 1871, preliminary surveys for the promised transcontinental railroad began form east and west. After reading the preliminary reports, chief engineer Sir Sandford Fleming decided to travel overland to see the main features of the country with his own eyes. He took along his lifelong friend George Munro Grant. During this journey, which took him on horseback across the prairies and over the Rocky Mountains by way of Yellowhead Pass, Grant kept a diary, which he published as Ocean to Ocean (London, 1873). The book opened the eyes of Canadians to the value of the country’s immense resources.
Born in Nova Scotia, Grant was ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland in 1860, and was made moderator of the Presbyterian Church in 1899. He was a charter member of the Royal Society of Canada, founded in 1882, and was president of that society in 1901.
- Grant, George Monro. Ocean to ocean: Sanford Fleming’s expedition through Canada in 1872. Toronto : Belford Brothers, 1877
- Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967
- George Monro Grant. Wikipedia