Oppy Mountain

Feature Type:Mountain - Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: BC-Alberta boundary, N of head of Lyell Creek, N of Golden, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°58'24''N, 117°08'56''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/14

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 17th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1921, as labelled on BC-Alberta Boundary sheet #20, 1918.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

"After the village about six miles southeast of Lens [France], in commemoration of the fighting that took place there."

Source: 17th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1921 (supplement to the Annual Report of the Dept of the Interior, 1922, Ottawa)

Named in 1918 by interprovincial boundary surveyors. The village of Oppy in northern France had been captured by the Germans in 1914; the third battle of the Scarpe, 3 - 5 May 1917, was fought in this vicinity and claimed the lives of many Canadian soldiers.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.