Place Name Nomenclature

This method of nomenclature, namely, calling peaks after individuals, has been in vogue since the early days of discovery in the Rocky Mountains. As there are no Indian names at present, and, as far as one can find out, there have never been — for the country has never been inhabited — the custom is justifiable, as serving in many cases to prepetuate the connection of individuals with the country.

Hugh Edward Millington Stutfield, 1903

Tracing the Divide to Elk Pass [during1916 Boundary Survey], Wheeler saw “the striking peaks… dominated by Mount Joffre,” which he named for “distinguished generals who have rendered such names immortal through their splendid service to France in the great war now in progress.” Similarly, in the Palliser Pass area he named high mountains to honour the Royal family–another example of his strong feelings for Empire.

— Esther Fraser, Wheeler


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  • Fraser, Esther Augusta [1919–1978]. Wheeler. Banff: Summerthought, 1978