BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Mount Tantalus
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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: NW of junction of Squamish and Cheakamus Rivers, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°49'06''N, 123°19'46''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.: 92G/14
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 June 1957 on 92 G/14, as submitted April 1940 by W.H. Mathews (letter 1442656, file S.3.51) and as identified in 1953 BC Gazetteer.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Adopted 14 August 1954 on 92 SE.....
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa
Well-established name amongst climbers, named in association with Tantalus Range, in turn referring to the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and King of Lydia. Origin of the verb "tantalize" - this mountainous area tantalized WWI-era climber Basil S. Darling during all the years he viewed it from more accessible heights (file H.1.47). Photograph of mountain in Canadian Alpine Journal, 1969, p.77. See Tantalus Range for Squamish Nation's interpretive information about the mountains.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office