Mount Fitzwilliam

British Columbia. Mount
SE of Yellowhead Lake
52.8306 N 118.4569 W — Map 083D16 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1863 (Milton and Cheadle)
Name officially adopted in 1951
Official in BCCanada

In 1863, the party of William Wentworth Fitzwilliam Milton [1839–1877] and Dr. Walter Butler Cheadle [1835–1910] was camped on the shore of Buffalo Dung Lake (Yellowhead Lake). Their Iroquois guide assured the travelers that two nearby mountains “should be known from that time forth as Le montaigne de Milord and Montaigne de Docteur. We, however,” wrote Cheadle, “took the liberty of naming them Mount Fitzwilliam and Mount Bingley.” Milton’s title was Viscount Milton of Fitzwilliam. Cheadle described Mount Fitzwilliam as “a fine hill, cone-like and terraced.” The mountain was called Mount Pélée by Arthur Philomen Coleman [1852–1939] in 1907.


  • Milton, William Wentworth Fitzwilliam [1839–1877], and Cheadle, Walter Butler [1835–1910]. The North-West Passage by Land. Being the narrative of an expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific, undertaken with the view of exploring a route across the continent to British Columbia through British territory, by one of the northern passes in the Rocky Mountains. London: Cassell, Petter and Galpin, 1865. Internet Archive
  • Coleman, Arthur Philomen [1852–1939]. The Canadian Rockies: New and Old Trails. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1911. Internet Archive

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