BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Capes Lake
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Lake - Inland body of standing water
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: W of S end of Comox Lake, SW of Courtenay, Nelson Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°34'05''N, 125°17'37''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.: 92F/11
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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