The Beaver

Name officially adopted in 1994
Earliest known reference to this name is 1912
Feature type: Mountain
Province: British Columbia
Location: N of Fraser River near junction with Holmes River
Latitude: 53°16’30” N
Longitude: 119°57’40” W
NTS map: 83E/5
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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Old name for this prominent feature clearly visible from McBride. When viewed from the south, the rock formation at the summit resembles a perched beaver profiled against the sky. Area 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 L. Jobe in August 1914, with guide Donald Phillips.

References:

  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Government of BC. The Beaver. BCGN
  • Jobe, 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
  • Washburn, Stanley [1878-1950]. Trails, trappers and tenderfeet in the new empire of Western Canada. London: A. Melrose, 1912. University of Alberta
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