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Valemount (Village) / Mount Brown / Caniche Peak / Canoe River / Emperor Falls / Mount Ermatinger / Mount Fitzwilliam

Phone : (250) 566-4435
Your Host(s) : Municipal Administration

Valemount, BC (Nearby: Cedarside, Tête Jaune Cache, Mount Robson, Albreda, Red Pass)

  • Mount Brown
  • Caniche Peak
  • Canoe River
  • Emperor Falls
  • Mount Ermatinger
  • Mount Fitzwilliam

735 Cranberry Lake Road
Valemount, British Columbia
V0E 2Z0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Description From Owner:
  • Mount Brown named in 1827 by David Douglas after Robert Brown (1775-1858), the first keeper of the botanical department of the British Museum.
  • Douglas grossly overestimated the height of Mount Brown. His ascent of it is the earliest recorded climb in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Caniche Peak - Wheeler suggested the name Poodle Peak because the summit resembles in shape the head of a poodle. Subsequently the French word for 'poodle' was chosen to give the name more class.
  • Canoe River given this name in 1811 by David Thompson. At Boat Encampment, near the confluence of this river and the Wood River with the Columbia, Thompson built the canoes in which he travelled to the Pacific.
  • Since the building of Mica Dam, the lower Canoe River has been swallowed up in Canoe Reach of Kinbasket Lake, and Boat Encampment is no more.
  • Emperor Falls - Mount Robson Park, of these magnificent falls, A.O. Wheeler wrote:
  • The total drop is 145 ft ... At a distance of 60 feet from the crest, the full volume of the water strikes a ledge and bounds outwards for 30 feet, creating a splendid rocket which gives the idea of a giant leap.
  • There is such a feeling of majesty and power inspired by the spectacle that I christened it, 'The Emperor Falls,' and the rocket, 'The Emperor's Leap.'
  • Mount Ermatinger - After Edward Ermatinger, who, with his younger brother Francis, entered the service of the HBC as a clerk in 1818. They were posted to the Columbia Department in 1825.
  • Mount Fitzwilliam - This settlement takes its name from nearby Mount Fitzwilliam, named in 1863 by Viscount Milton after his family's senior title. (His father was the sixth Earl of Fitzwilliam.)
  • Valemount - In consequence of the building of the Canadian Northern (now Canadian National) Railway, a post office was opened here in 1913 with the name of Cranberry Lake.
  • In 1918 it was renamed Swift Creek, and in 1928 Swift Creek became Valernount ('vale amid the mountains').
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Mount Geddes

  • After M.D. Geddes of Calgary, an outstanding alpinist who was killed on Mount Lefroy in 1927.

  • Grant Brook

  • After George Monro Grant (1835-1902), who in 1872 accompanied Sir Sandford Fleming on an overland journey to the Pacific. He later published an account of this expedition in his Ocean to Ocean. He became Principal Grant of Queen's University.

  • Indian Peak

  • From a fancied resemblance to the head of an Indian in war regalia.

  • Kinney Lake

  • After the Reverend George Kinney, who in 1909, with Curly Phillips, made the first ascent to Mount Robson's summit crest. Kinney made his climb in bad weather and found a dangerous snow comb at the top. Since it is uncertain whether he reached the highest point on the mountain or a snow dome a few hundred feet from it, alpine purists credit Foster, MacCarthy, and Kain in 1913 with the first ascent of the mountain.

    After Robert Machray (1831-1904), Archbishop of Rupert's Land.

  • McLennan River

  • After Roderick McLennan, who camped on the river with his CPR survey party in 1871.
    McLennan River

  • Mount Milton

  • One of the most unusual expeditions in the history of British Columbia occurred in the summer of 1863, when the epileptic English nobleman William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, Viscount Milton (1839-77), his personal physician Dr. Walter Cheadle, an utterly useless classical scholar named O' Beirne, and a part Indian guide and the latter's Indian wife and son, entered the province by the Yellowhead Pass and found their way down the trackless wilderness of the Albreda and North Thompson Rivers until, emaciated and starving, they arrived at Kamloops.

    The expurgated version of their travels, The North-West Passage by Land, was published in 1865 and, being a highly readable book, went into a number of editions. In it one reads how, as they travelled down the Albreda, they saw 'a magnificent mountain, covered with glaciers, and apparently blocking up the valley before us. To this Cheadle gave the name of Mount Milton.'

  • Mount O'Beirne

  • After the eccentric Eugene Francis O'Beirne. (See Milton, Mount.)

  • Premier Range

  • Mountains in this range are named after prime ministers of Canada: Sir John Abbott, R.B. Bennett, Sir Mackenzie Bowell, Mackenzie King, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Arthur Meighen, Lester Pearson, and Louis St. Laurent. Some other prime ministers have mountains elsewhere in the province.

  • Mount Robson

  • The highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies and a major problem in the study of BC place names.The name Robson's Peak was already in use when Milton and Cheadle saw it in 1863, a fact that makes very suspect the theory that the mountain was named after John Robson, who became Premier of British Columbia in 1889. Some questionable evidence indicates that the mountain may have been referred to as Mount Robinson as early as 1827. Actually both Robinson and Robertson were often given the slurred pronunciation of 'Robson.'

    The most probable of some ten contending theories about Mount Robson's name is that it was named after Colin Robertson (1783-1842), an HBC officer who, after his retirement from the fur trade, became a member of the parliament of the united provinces of Upper and Lower Canada. In 1820 Robertson, in charge of the HBC post of St. Mary's, Peace River, sent a company of Iroquois fur hunters across the Rockies to the area around Téte Jaune Cache. This party, with Ignace Giasson in command and Pierre Hatsinaton (perhaps the original 'Téte Jaune') as guide, must have passed close to Mount Robson and probably named it after Robertson.

  • Mount Terry Fox

  • After the young man from Port Coquitlam who, with one leg amputated, ran halfway across Canada in 1980 in his Marathon of Hope to raise funds for cancer research.

    Renewed ravages of the disease forced him to abandon the Thunder Bay-Vancouver stretch of his run, and he died the following year, but Canadians contributed over $22 million to the cause he championed and learned anew what a hero is. This mountain, 8,656 feet (2,651 metres) in altitude, was the highest unnamed BC peak within sight of a public highway when the province made it a memorial to Terry Fox.

  • Upright Mountain

  • As the Geographic Board of Canada noted in its eighteenth report, 'The strata of the mountain have been upheaved to an almost vertical position.'

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
  • Cranberry Lake, 3km
  • Little Cranberry Lake, 4km
  • Mount Terry Fox, 12km
  • Mount McKirdy, 10km
  • Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 10km
  • Mount John Diefenbaker, 18km
  • Canoe Mountain, 16km
  • Klapperhorn Mountain, 20km
  • Overlander Mountain, 19km
  • Mount Chamberlin, 20km
  • Mount Thompson, 18km
  • Mount Lulu, 22km
  • Albreda Lake, 24km
  • Mount Kimmel, 23km
  • Mount Milton, 26km
  • Cinnamon Peak, 28km
  • Campion Mountain, 26km
  • Mica Mountain, 18km
  • Kinney Lake, 29km
  • Mount Goslin, 27km
  • Mount Lester Pearson, 19km
  • Mount Arthur Meighen, 19km
  • Mount Carpé, 22km
  • Mount Withers, 23km
  • The Dome, 31km
  • Mount Zillmer, 25km
  • Whitehorn Mountain, 34km
  • Mount Robson, 32km
  • Resplendent Mountain, 31km
  • The Helmet, 33km
  • Mount Sir Allan MacNab, 35km
  • Mount Stanley Baldwin, 22km
  • Mount Kain, 30km
  • Mount Waffl, 34km
  • Hargreaves Lake, 36km
  • Berg Lake, 36km
  • Mount Phillips, 39km
  • Rearguard Mountain, 36km
  • Gunboat Mountain, 24km
  • Mount Anne-Alice, 39km
  • Chamberlin Peak, 28km
  • Mount Longstaff, 40km
  • Chilkst Peaks, 27km
  • Razor Peak, 31km
  • Penny Mountain, 25km
  • Lynx Mountain, 36km
  • Moose Lake, 28km
  • Shere Lake, 32km
  • Mumm Peak, 41km
  • Titkana Peak, 39km