Sir Alexander, Mount

British Columbia. Mount
N of McGregor River in Kakwa Provincial Park
53°56’00” N 120°23’00” W — Map 93H/16 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1917.
Name officially adopted in 1917
Official in BCCanada
Elevation: 3270 m
Mt. Alexander six mile distant. 
Photo: Samuel Prescott Fay, 1913

Mt. Alexander six mile distant.
Photo: Samuel Prescott Fay, 1913
Canadian Alpine Journal 1915

Mount Sir Alexander is named for Alexander Mackenzie, who crossed the Rockies from Athabasca territory to the Pacific in 1793. Mackenzie crossed the continental divide through what is now Arctic Pacific Lakes Park and would not have seen Mount Sir Alexander. Mackenzie was the probably the first person to cross the continent of North America north of Mexico.

“Mount Kitchi” was adopted as the name of this 3270 m mountain in 1915, as established by the reports of Mary Jobe [1878–1966] in mountaineering journals. The name was changed to “Mount Alexander Mackenzie” in 1916 as recommended by American alpinist Samuel Prescott Fay [1884–1971]. The name was further changed to “Mount Sir Alexander” in the 15th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1917.

References:

  • Mackenzie, Alexander [1764–1820]. Voyages from Montreal on the River St. Lawrence through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in the years 1789 and 1793. London: T. Cadell, Jun., and W. Davies, 1803. Internet Archive
  • Fay, Samuel Prescott [1884–1971]. “Note on Mount Alexander Mackenzie and Mount Ida.” Alpine Journal, Vol. 36 (1924):421
  • Fay, Samuel Prescott [1884–1971]. The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay’s 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies. Edited by Charles Helm and Mike Murtha. Victoria, B.C.: Rocky Mountain Books, 2009
  • Fay, Samuel Prescott [1884–1971]. “Mount Alexander.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 6 (1914–1915):121. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Jobe Akeley, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “Mt. Kitchi: A New Peak in the Canadian Rockies.” Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Volume 47, No. 7 (1915):481-497. JSTOR
  • Jobe Akeley, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “The expedition to ‘Mt. Kitchi:’ A new peak in the Canadian Rockies.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 6 (1914–1915):135-143. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Jobe Akeley, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “Mt. Alexander Mackenzie.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 7 (1916):62–73. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Jobe Akeley, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “A winter journey to Mt. Sir Alexander and the Wapiti.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 9 (1918):58-65. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Vreeland, Frederick K. “Early Visits to Mount Sir Alexander.” American Alpine Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1930). American Alpine Club
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Sir Alexander, Mount

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