Waddington Peak

British Columbia. Peak
S of Yellowhead Lake
52.7936 N 118.5206 W — Map 083D15 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1951
Official in BCCanada
Alfred Waddington

Alfred Waddington

“Mount Waddington” adopted in the 16th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1919, as labelled on Boundary Commission Sheet 29, 1917. Form of name changed to “Waddington Peak” in 1951 to avoid confusion with Mount Waddington in the Coast Range (and named for the same person).

Alfred Penderell Waddington ( 1801-1872), British Columbia pioneer, in Yellowhead Pass. Waddington was born in London, educated in Paris and Germany, worked in France and Brazil, and was a partner in a grocery firm in California by 1858, when he went to Victoria to establish a branch of his firm. He sat in the British Columbia House of Assembly in 1861-2 and helped to draft the city charter in 1862. His book The Fraser mines vindicated; or, the history of four months (Victoria, 1858) may have been the first book printed in British Columbia. Waddington wrote it in the hope of checking the exodus of miners who had not succeeded in the first rush to the gold fields.

In 1864, Waddington attempted to build a road from Bute Inlet to the interior, an enterprise in which a party of his workmen were killed by the Chilcotin people, and through which he was ruined financially. He spent the rest of his life advocating a transcontinental railway and attempting to get a charter to build it. Sandford Fleming [1827–1915], chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway, praised his planned route.


  • Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967

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