Capes Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W of S end of Comox Lake, SW of Courtenay, Nelson Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°34'05''N, 125°17'37''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 12 December 1939, as submitted by Ruth Masters, Comox District Mountaineering Club.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named by Ruth Masters, Comox District Mountaineering Club, after Geoffrey Bernard Capes, Courtenay businessman and avid Strathcona Park climber from the early 1920's onward; one of the very few known to have visited this feature, having climbed in 1935 to the Comox Glacier via the ridge on which this lake is situated. (see excerpts from Capes' diaries published in Canadian Alpine Journal 1969, p.40). Geoff Capes, Sid Williams & Roger Schjelderup are credited with the 3rd ascent of Vancouver Island's highest peak, the Golden Hinde, 22 July 1937. The summit of the mountain, known at the time as "Rooster's Comb", had been gained for the 2nd time only the day before, by government surveyors N.C. Stewart and Harris. (see Capes' own account in Canadian Alpine Journal 1969, p48, see also Golden Hinde).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office