Mount Sir John Thompson

Name officially adopted in 1927
Feature type: Mount
Province: British Columbia
Location: headwaters of McLennan River
Latitude: 52°44’00” N
Longitude: 119°44’00” W
NTS map: 83D/12
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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John Sparrow David Thompson

John Sparrow David Thompson

Originally named “Mount David Thompson” by the Carpé-Chamberlin climbing party in 1924, in the mistaken belief that the nearby pass was the true source of the North Thompson River. (see Don Munday’s explanation and sketch map). The mountain was subsequently renamed, but Carpé’s other 1924 names, David Pass and David Glacier, were retained.

This Premier Range peak is named for John Sparrow David Thompson (1844-94), who became prime minister of Canada upon John Abbot’s resignation in 1892.

Born in Halifax, John Sparrow David Thompson was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1877, became attorney general in 1878, and premier in 1882. After an election defeat, he was made a judge of the Supreme Court of the province. John A. Macdonald induced him to enter the federal cabinet as minister of justice in 1885. In 1893 Thompson went to Europe on business, and while dining with Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle, was taken ill and died.

Don and Phyllis Munday made the first ascent of the mountain in 1925, approaching from Tête Creek.


  • Carpé, Allen [1894–1932]. “Climbs in Cariboo Mts. and Northern Gold Range, Interior Ranges of British Columbia.” Alpine Journal, Vol. 37 (1925):63
  • Munday, Walter Alfred Don [1890–1950]. “In the Cariboo Range – Mt. David Thompson.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 15 (1925):130-136. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Munday, Walter Alfred Don [1890–1950]. “River Sources in Cariboo Mountains.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 17 (1928):76. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967
  • John Sparrow David Thompson. Wikipedia

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