The Beaver

British Columbia. Mountain
N of Fraser River near junction with Holmes River
53.275 N 119.9611 W — Map 83E/5 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1912
Name officially adopted in 1994
Official in BCCanada

A mountain prominent in the McBride skyline. When viewed from the south, the rock formation at the summit resembles a perched beaver. Historians speculate that this rock formation is the reason that the adjacent Holmes River was first called “Beaver River”.

Shown as “Mammoth Mountain” on the “Preliminary map of the Canadian Rocky Mountains between Jarvis Pass and Yellowhead Pass” (Bull. Amer. Geog. Soc. Vol. XLVII, No. 7, 1915), showing the route followed by Mary Lenore Jobe Akeley [1878–1966] in August 1914, with guide Donald Phillips [1884–1938].


  • Washburn, Stanley [1878–1950]. Trails, trappers and tenderfeet in the new empire of Western Canada. London: A. Melrose, 1912. Hathi Trust
  • 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, Map follows p. 496. JSTOR
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. The Beaver

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