The Barrier

Feature Type:Cliff (1) - Steep rock face projecting nearly vertically from a body of water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: S side of Rubble Creek just W of Garibaldi Lake, between Squamish and Whistler, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°56'33''N, 123°05'59''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92G/14

Origin Notes and History:

The Barrier (mountain) adopted 6 May 1924 on BC map 2D; form of name changed to The Barrier (cliff) 6 June 1957 on 92 G/14.

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

This is a natural volcanic dam which retains the Garibaldi Lake system: "....a spectacular cliff 1/2 mile long and up to 800 feet high..." (Ice-Dammed Lavas from Clinker Mountain, by W. H. Matthews, published in American Journal of Science, August 1952, p.559). Photographs in Varsity Outdoor Club Journal, UBC, Vol VIII, 1965, and in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, Vol 69, 1968, following p.182.

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