735 Cranberry Lake Road
British Columbia Tourism Region : Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
- 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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