British Columbia. Railway Point
On Canadian National Railway, SW. of Tête Jaune Cache
52.9578 N 119.4458 W — Map 83D/14 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1989
Official in BCCanada
James Shand-Harvey with horse in smudge, Smithsonian-ACC Robson expedition, 1911

James Shand-Harvey with horse in smudge, Smithsonian-ACC Robson expedition, 1911
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Perhaps named for James Shand Harvey [1880–1968], who spent decades as a guide and packer in the area around the Yellowhead Pass and Téte Jaune Cache and retired to a cabin near Entrance, Alberta.

Harvey was born in Scotland, the son of a wealthy family who owned the Castle Semple estate in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. He left behind his life of privilege and wealth and emigrated to Canada, arriving in Edmonton in 1905. After a brief stint at homesteading, he worked on surveys for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and for the Dominion Land Survey on the 14th base line from Lac Ste. Anne to Jasper. In 1909, he guided Arnold Louis Mumm [1859–1927] on a mountaineering expedition from Wolf Creek to their rendezvous with John Yates, and accompanied the expedition to Mount Robson. By 1911, with a few horses of his own, he hauled supplies from Lac Ste. Anne to Tête Jaune Cache.

He was assistant packer to Donald “Curly” Phillips [1884–1938] on the 1911 Alpine Club of Canada–Smithsonian Robson Expedition.

In the winter of 1917, Shand Harvey accompanied Phillips and Mary Lenore Jobe Akeley [1878–1966] on their trip to the Wapiti River. Shand Harvey later became a forest ranger and fire warden in the Grande Cache district of Alberta.

In 1921 he built a cabin near Entrance, at the east boundary of Jasper National Park, and trapped in the surrounding hills. James MacGregor’s book Pack Saddles to Tête Jaune Cache is about Shand Harvey.


  • MacGregor, James Grierson. Pack Saddles to Tête Jaune Cache. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1962 (reprint 1973)
  • Hart, Edward John “Ted” [1946–]. Diamond hitch: the early outfitters and guides of Banff and Jasper. Banff: Summerthought, 1979

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  1. Wally Breitkreuz

    I just finished reading Pack Saddles to Tete Jaune Cache fot the 4th time since 1975, and discovered new information in every time. Very informative!


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