Mount Fitzwilliam

Feature type: Mount
Province: British Columbia
Location: SE of Yellowhead Lake
Latitude: 52°50’00”
Longitude: 118°27’00”
NTS map: 83D/16
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

In 1863, the party of William Wentworth Fitzwilliam (Viscount Milton) and Dr. Cheadle 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 Coleman in 1907.


  • Coleman, Arthur Philemon, 1852-1939. The Canadian Rockies: new and old trails. Toronto: Henry Frowde, 1911
  • Milton, William Fitzwilliam and Cheadle, Walter B. 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

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