BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Mount Balfour
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Feature Types.
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Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. [if "Mount" precedes the name, usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, NW of Kicking Horse Pass, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 51°33'55''N, 116°27'58''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 82N/9
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 30 June 1900, as labelled on Captain Palliser's 1863 map "British North America Exploring Expedition, 1857-60".
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Named in 1859 by Dr. James Hector, after John Hutton Balfour (1804-1884), Scottish botanist and instructor at Edinburgh University, where Hector had studied medicine, botany, geology and natural history. Also Balfour Pass.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office