The Bugaboos

Feature Type:Peaks - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself. Plural of Peak (2).
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Surrounding Bugaboo and Vowell Glaciers at the SE end of Bugaboo Provincial Park, NW of Invermere, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°44'45''N, 116°47'21''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82K/10
Related Maps: 82K/10
82K/15

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 7 May 1975 on 82K/NE in association with Bugaboo Creek and Pass.

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

Extends from Howser Peak on the south park boundary to Northpost Spire on the north side of Cobalt Lake, incorporating 20 or more named and unnamed peaks and spires.

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

"Indians and prospectors were the first to come this way, but the mineral claims proved to be little else than a 'bugaboo'. " (from "Days in the Bugaboo Mountains, by J.M. Thorington, The Purcell Range of British Columbia, 1946, p.112).

Source: included with note

"Probably named after the Bugaboo mining claim at the crest of [Bugaboo Pass]. Writing in 1906 to James White, the federal Chief Geographer, an informant declared, 'Bugaboo was named by a Scotchman on account of the loneliness of the place.' "

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997

Webster's Dictionary identifies 'bugaboo' as an imaginary object of fright; hobgoblin, etc - seemingly a variation from the colloquial references to loneliness and/or hopelessness.

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