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Radium Hot Springs (Village) / Mount Berland / Cross River / Mount Daer / Mount Harkin / Kimpton Creek

Phone : (250) 347-6455
Your Host(s) : Municipal Administration

Radium Hot Springs, BC (Nearby: Dry Gulch, Wilmer, Edgewater, Shuswap, Athalmer)

  • Mount Berland
  • Cross River
  • Mount Daer
  • Mount Harkin
  • Kimpton Creek
  • Radium Hot Springs BC 1920s

4836 Radium Boulevard
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1M0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Kootenay Rockies

Description From Owner:
  • Mountain named after Edward Berland, the I-IBC guide who saw Sir George Simpson through this part of the country in 1841.
  • A pious Catholic, he gave religious instruction to the Indians and taught them how to keep track of the months and days by cutting notches in wooden sticks.
  • Mount Daer - from Lord Daer, the title of the son and heir of the Earl of Selkirk. The last Lord Daer became the sixth Earl of Selkirk in 1820.
  • Mount Harkin - After James B. Harkin, from 1911 to 1936 Canada's first commissioner of national parks. He has been called the ‘Father of National Parks in Canada.’
  • Kimpton Creek - After an early settler, Rufus Kimpton, who once stole an Anglican church. When the CPR decided in 1899 to move its divisional headquarters from Donald to Revelstoke, this church was one of the buildings scheduled for removal.
  • Kimpton and his wife were very attached to the little church, however, so clandestinely he and his friends took down the building, shipped the timbers to Windermere, and reassembled the church here. Somewhere along the way, the bell was stolen and is now
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Mount King George

  • This mountain, 11,226 feet or 3,422 metres high, the loftiest in the Royal Group of the Rocky Mountains, is named for King George V. Other mountains in the group are named for his consort, Queen Mary, and their children, the Princes Albert, Edward, George, Henry, and John, and their daughter, Princess Mary.

  • Mount McHarg

  • After Lieutenant-Colonel William Hart-McHarg. A dedicated militia officer and a champion marks-man, he practised law first in Rossland and then, after service in the Boer War, in Vancouver.

    On 23 April 1915, commanding the 7th Battalion CEF C The British Columbians'), he was mortally wounded while reconnoitring between the lines. His friend Major J.S. Matthews later wrote of him: 'His massive face suggested nothing of the frailty of his body, which, through chronic ill-health (indigestion) weighed about 140 pounds. Frequently his diet was merely biscuits and milk. He was a cool quiet man of commanding personality and a bachelor.'

    Vancouver's Georgia Viaduct, completed shortly after his death, was originally McHarg Viaduct.

  • Radium Hot Springs

  • They were originally known as Sinclair Hot Springs (see Sinclair Canyon). In 1915 the name was changed to Radium Hot Springs on account of the alleged high radioactivity in the water here.

  • Mount Scarlett O'Hara

  • Part of Starbird Ridge (C-II). The red rocks on this mountain reminded somebody of the red hair of the heroine of Gone with the Wind.

  • Simpson Pass

  • After Sir George Simpson (1792-1860), Governor of the HBC in Canada 1822-60. Simpson Pass through the Rockies was discovered by a party headed by Governor Simpson in 1841.

    In his journeys across the continent, Simpson travelled with amazing rapidity. His arrivals at the company's forts were state occasions, intended to impress the Indians with the greatness of the honourable company. We are told of how he arrived at Fort St. James with a bagpiper playing and the British ensign displayed, while the fort fired a salute.

    Father Morice is the authority for an amusing little story. To impress the Indians, Simpson had a tiny music box attached to his dog's neck in such a way that when it was started the music seemed to come from the dog's throat. Morice found the Carrier Indians still speaking of Simpson as the 'Great Chief whose dog sings.'

  • Sinclair Canyon

  • Known to the Indians as 'the red rock gorge,' it takes its present name from James Sinclair (1805-56), who, engaged by the HBC, led a party of emigrants through this passage in 1841, conducting them from the Red River settlement to Oregon. During most of his career, Sinclair was a 'free trader,' operating outside the HBC'S monopoly of the fur trade.

  • Starbird Ridge

  • After Thomas Starbird, a native of Massachusetts, who ran a guest ranch on Horsethief Creek before World War I. An expert prospector, he discovered the Lake of the Hanging Glacier.

  • Vermilion River

  • From the ochre of ferruginous beds in the area. The colour coats the stones and marsh grass of the river flats.

  • White Man Pass

  • The first white man to use this pass was James Sinclair, who led a party of emigrants through it in 1841 on their way to Oregon. He was followed in 1845 by Father De Smet, who set up a wooden cross at the summit.

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Nearby Lakes and Mountains:
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  • Redstreak Mountain, 5km
  • Baptiste Lake, 8km
  • Wilmer Lake, 8km
  • Lake Enid, 9km
  • Northcote Lake, 6km
  • Lake Eileen, 11km
  • Long Lake, 11km
  • Lillian Lake, 13km
  • Mount Kindersley, 14km
  • Lookout Point, 11km
  • Barbour Lake, 14km
  • Dorothy Lake, 14km
  • Paddy Ryan Lakes, 15km
  • Bunyan Lake, 16km
  • Lake Olive, 12km
  • Dogsleg Lake, 11km
  • Mount Sinclair, 12km
  • Swansea Mountain, 15km
  • Mount Crook, 20km
  • Mount Bruce, 16km
  • Mount Taynton, 19km
  • Windermere Lake, 20km
  • Steamboat Mountain, 17km
  • Cobb Lake, 15km
  • Pinto Mountain, 16km
  • Dog Lake, 21km
  • Mount Forster, 15km
  • MacCarthy Lakes, 24km
  • Mount Goldie, 23km
  • Four Points Mountain, 20km
  • Panorama Mountain, 23km
  • Upper Halgrave Lake, 19km
  • Lower Halgrave Lake, 19km
  • Steamboat Lake, 21km
  • Mount Bryan, 22km
  • Hall Lakes, 22km
  • Mount Harkin, 25km
  • Mount Daer, 26km
  • Mount Brewer, 29km
  • Watch Peak, 24km
  • Lyttle Lake, 28km
  • Mount Tegart, 26km
  • Mount Selkirk, 30km
  • Mount Norman, 32km
  • Split Peak, 32km
  • Mount Slade, 25km
  • Mount Law, 24km
  • Mount Nelson, 26km
  • Diana Lake, 33km