BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Arctomys Cave
Feature TypeClick here for a list of
Feature Types.
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Cave - Natural subterranean chamber open to the surface
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: SW of Trio Mountain in Mount Robson Provincial Park, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 53°04'06''N, 118°53'56''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.: 83E/2
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 14 November 1973 on 83 E/2.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Named in relation to Arctomys Valley, in turn so-named in 1911 because of the numbers of hoary marmots in the area (Expedition to Jasper Park, Yellowhead Pass and Mount Robson, by A.O. Wheeler, published in Canadian Alpine Journal, vol IV, 1912, p.24&25). The cave is described but not named in the same article. Mis-spelled (with possesive apostrophe) as "Arctomy's Cave" in Globe & Mail article: Canada's Deepest Cave Found in BC..., 26 September 1973 (file J.1.49). See also "Exploring Canada's Deepest Cave", Canadian Geographic magazine, Vol 90, No 1, January 1975, p4.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Arctomys Cave has 3496 metres of surveyed passages and is currently Canada's second deepest known cave at 536 metres (1608 feet) deep. (Wikipedia/April 2013)
Source: included with note