Mont des Poilus

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 N boundary of Yoho National Park, E of Amiskwi Pass, Kootenay Land District
Tags: World War I
Latitude-Longitude: 51°35'41''N, 116°36'24''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/10

Origin Notes and History:

"Mont des Poilus (not Habel)" adopted in the 16th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1919.

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

Habel Mountain labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915. "Poilus Mountain (not Habel nor Hidden)" identified in 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

One week before the cessation of World War I, the GBC reviewed several names of distinguished allied war leaders, and - among others - named eleven prominent peaks in the Rocky Mountains after French leaders: Castelnau, Joffre, P├ętain, Foch, Mangin, Leman, Leval, Cordonnier, Sarrail, Nivelle and Lyautey. Mount Courcelette was named in memory of the "glorious action of the Canadians who fought so gallantly at the Somme...", and the board further decided to honour the great heroism of the common French soldier (poilu). Surveyor Arthur O. Wheeler was invited to suggest a feature, and he chose a prominent peak previously named in 1898 for Jean Habel, a mountain climber from Berlin who had climbed in this area in 1897.

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

"Commemorating the French soldier in the Great War and replacing the name Habel given to the peak in 1898 after Jean Habel, Berlin, Germany, who climbed in the region in 1897. Present name suggested by "Les Annales", Paris, France which, in an article 25 August 1918 said: "We beg our allies...to keep one mountain...for the great hero of the age, the humble and fascinating Poilu..."." (16th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1919.)

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