Mount Balfour

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: On BC-Alberta boundary, NW of Kicking Horse Pass, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°33'55''N, 116°27'58''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/9

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 30 June 1900, as labelled on Captain Palliser's 1863 map "British North America Exploring Expedition, 1857-60".

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

Named in 1859 by Dr. James Hector, after John Hutton Balfour (1804-1884), Scottish botanist and instructor at Edinburgh University, where Hector had studied medicine, botany, geology and natural history. Also Balfour Pass.

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