Mount Kermode

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
Pronounced: ker MO dee
Relative Location: W side of Louise Island, off NE side Moresby Island, Queen Charlotte Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°57'25''N, 131°51'29''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103B/13

Origin Notes and History:

Kermode Mountain identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Mount Kermode 2 December 1954 on Ottawa file OBF 3986.

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

Named after Mr. Francis Kermode, who succeeded John Fannin as curator and director of the Provincial Museum in 1904 and served in that capacity until 1940. Mr. Kermode is the namesake of the Kermode bear (also known as 'spirit bear') that inhabits coastal British Columbia; his studies confirmed that this white or cream-colour bear is a subspecies of the American black bear, not a 'blond' brown bear as found on the Alaska panhandle. The colour of the Kermode bear's coat is due to expression of a recessive gene, not the lack of pigment (albinism).

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