Origin Notes and History:
Adopted in the 16th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1919, as labelled on BC-Alberta boundary sheet 9, surveyed in 1916, published in 1917.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Named by interprovincial boundary surveyors, "After General H. P. Pétain, France, the man who saved Verdun."
Source: 16th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada (supplement to the Annual Report of the Dept of the Interior, 1919, Ottawa)
"Henri Phillippe Pétain (1856-1951), French soldier and statesman, born in Cauchy-à-la-Tour, France. During WW I he became a national hero for his defence of Verdun (1916), and was made commander-in-chief (1917) and marshal of France (1918). When France collapsed in 1940, he negotiated the armistice with Germany and Italy, and became chief-of-state, establishing his government at Vichy. His aim to unite France under the slogan "Work, Family and Country", and keep it out of the war, involved active collaboration with Germany. After the liberation he was tried in the French courts, his death sentence for treason being commuted to life imprisonment on the Ile d'Yeu, where he died. His role remains controversial, and some still regard him as a patriot."
Source: Cambridge Biographical Encylopedia, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 1998.