Whistler ~ Mountain / Brandywine Falls / Daisy Lake / Green Lake / Mount Neal / Phyllis's Engine / Ubyssey Glacier
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Whistler, BC (Nearby: Nesters, Alta Lake, Alpine Meadows, Whistler Creek, Tamarisk)

  • Brandywine Falls
  • Daisy Lake
  • Green Lake
  • The Lecture Cutters
  • Mount Neal
  • Phyllis's Engine
  • Ubyssey Glacier
  • Whistler Mountain

Whistler, British Columbia
V8E 0N0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Vancouver, Coast, & Mountains

Description From Owner:
  • The word brandy is a shortened form of the word brandywine, which comes from the Dutch brandewijn, meaning burnt (i.e., distilled) wine.
  • Readers have their choice of two explanations as to how these falls came to be associated with brandy.
  • The first is that, when the Howe Sound and Northern Railway had a survey party here in 1910, Jack Nelson, who was in charge, made a bet with Bob Mollison, an axeman, as to who could estimate more accurately the height of these falls.
  • Each wagered a bottle of brandy. When the height (195 feet) was measured with a chain, Mollison won. Nelson handed over his brandy and named the falls Brandywine Falls.
  • The other story is that two old-timers, Charles Chandler and George Mitchell, passed out here around 1890 after lacing their tea too generously with brandy.
  • Daisy Lake by J.W. McKay of the HBC was this way in 1859 and, according to Lieutenant Mayne of the Royal Navy, who visited the lake in 1861, gave the name. Whether McKay's interest was botanical, familial, or amatory remains unknown.
  • Green Lake - This lake on the BCR was named by Lieutenant R.C. Mayne, RN, when he visited it in 1861. He wrote, 'Finding the Indians knew no name for it, I called it 'Green lake' from the remarkably green colour of the water.'
  • The Lecture Cutters - Named in 1965 at the suggestion of Professor Roy Hooley of UBC, who was aware how students managed to spend so much time in the mountains.
  • Mount Neal - After Dr. Neal M. Carter, biologist and mountaineer, d. 1978. Also CARTER GLACIER.
  • He climbed in Europe, New Zealand, and Japan but is chiefly remembered for his ascents in British Columbia in the Rockies, the Selkirks, and, above all, the Coast Mountains, where he had a number of first ascents to his credit.
  • Friend and associate of Don Munday. In 1922 and 1923, he made surveys of Garibaldi Park that resulted in the first useful map of the area.
  • He is remembered for 'his quiet good humour and unfailing generosity' (Canadian Alpine Journal [1978-1:60).
  • Phyllis's Engine - Back around 1914, when the BC Mountaineering Club had a camp in the vicinity of Castle Towers Mountain, one of the campers, Phyllis Dyke (Mrs. Beltz), exclaimed that a rocky eminence seen against the skyline
  • looked like a steam locomotive. Jokingly her fellow campers took to referring to it as 'Phyllis's Engine.' After decades of unofficial use by mountaineers, the name was officially adopted by the government in 1979.
  • Ubyssey Glacier - A party drawn from the Varsity Outdoors Club of UBC, having made some first ascents in Garibaldi Park, in 1965 asked Ottawa to name two features VOC Mountain and UBC Glacier.
  • The Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names pointed out that it did not accept abbreviations as names, and accordingly the petitioners settled for Veeocee Mountain and Ubyssey Glacier.
  • This glacier, then, is named for the university, not its student newspaper, the Ubyssey. (Not long afterwards initials were accepted as names.)
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Whistler Mountain

  • Formerly London Mountain. Its present name comes from the numerous whistlers (marmots) on its slopes.

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