McLennan Range

Feature type:
Province: British Columbia
Location: Informal name for SE range of the Cariboo Mountains, head of McLennan River

Informal name used by mountaineers to refer to the range at the head of the McLennan River, also called the Cariboo Range (of the Cariboo Mountains). Neither “Cariboo Range” nor “McLennan Range” are official names.

Quoting an article in the October 31, 1861, British Colonist about Alfred C. Perry, Munday wrote, “This may be the earliest record of exploration in what is now officially the McLennan Range, but as all early references are to the Cariboo Range that term will be used here.”

Thorington wrote, “Cariboo Range. This range is now officially the McLennan Range. The first crossing was made in 1947 by R. T. Zillmer and his son, from Tête Creek to Canoe River, thence to the N. Thompson and out to Gosnell.”

Zillmer responded that there was no official change of the Cariboo Range to the McLennan Range, a name he used for “that higher portion of the Cariboo Range which is E. of the Raush River and the headwaters of the Azure River, and E. and N. of the North Thompson River.”


  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “Exploration of the McLennan completed.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 30 (1947):85-95. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Munday, Walter Alfred Don [1890–1950]. “That terrible snow-peaked range.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 31 (1948):77-. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Thorington, James Monroe [1895-1989]. “Canada, Cariboo Range.” American Alpine Journal, 7:2 (1949). American Alpine Club
  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “Cariboo Range.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 27 (1950):120. Alpine Club of Canada

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