Lake O'Hara

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Head of Cataract Brook, N of Lake McArthur in Yoho National Park, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°21'19''N, 116°19'55''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/8

Origin Notes and History:

"Lake O'Hara (not Cascade Lake)" adopted in the 2nd Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1900.

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

Named in 1894 by Samuel Evans Stokes Allen, Philadelphia alpinist, after Lieutenant-Colonel Richard O'Hara (1835-1924), lieut-colonel, RA, who visited the lake in 1889; served at Gibraltar, 1856-61, was stationed at St. John NB, 1863-69; retired 1878.

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

After Lieutenant-Colonel Robert O'Hara of the Royal Artillery. Although he did not discover this beautiful lake, he was probably the first tourist to visit it. He was a prickly character.

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