Mount Thompson

Feature Type: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. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Just SE of Canoe Mountain on NW side of Canoe Reach Kinbasket Lake, SE of Valemount, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°41'27''N, 119°08'49''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83D/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 19 December 1961 on 83D/11, as labelled on BC map 1A, 1912. Origin/significance not known.

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

No mention in Raymond Zillmer's reports "The Exploration of the Source of the Thompson River in British Columbia", 1940, '42, '44, '46, '48; the "Thompson" mentioned therein is Sir John Thompson, Canada's 5th Prime Minister (Mount Sir John Thompson, about 25 miles northwest of here, was adopted in September 1927).

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

Because of the relative proximity of Canoe Mountain and Mount Thompson at the head of Canoe River [later Canoe Reach Kinbasket Lake], this name likely refers to David Thompson, eminent explorer, who overwintered at the mouth of the Canoe River in 1811, before beginning his journey down the Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. See Boat Encampment.

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