Mount Warburton Pike

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: S side of Saturna Island, Cowichan Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°46'28''N, 123°10'18''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/14

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 22 August 1969 on C.3452 as submitted by Gulf Islands Branch of the B.C. Historical Association.

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

May have been known as "Prairie Hill"

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After Warburton Pike, a pioneer settler on whose land the feature is located. Pike came to Saturna Island in 1886 and purchased properties that included this peak. Author of "The Barren Ground of Northern Canada".

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At Porter Landing (north end of Dease Lake), a concrete & brass cairn is inscribed: "In Memory of Warburton Pike, Author, Sportsman, Explorer, Born - Sept.25, 1861, Died - Oct.20, 1915". See photographs on file D.1.66, supplied November 1993 by Government Agent, Dease Lake. The 1898 edition of Morgan lists William Herbert Pike and identifies brother, Warburton Pike; born in Dorset ?, schooled at Rugby ? (file D.1.66)

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"I am taking the liberty of advising you that numerous Naval Officers and friends of the late Warburton Pike are anxious to perpetuate to his memory some rock, with the ultimate hope that in time a beacon may be placed on it. In talking the matter over with Captain Musgrave, Mr. [Fleet] Robertson of the Provincial Government, and one of the Geographical Board, it has been suggested that the rock shown at the southern entrance of Active Pass be called Warburton Pike Rock. I am of the opinion that you know Warburton Pike as he was an exceptionally noted Character in British Columbia, he having explored the barren lands and written a book on it, and anything that could perputuate his name would seem to me only just dues. You are possibly not aware that the circumstances in connection with his death were tragic, he having left for the Old Country with the intention of offering his services for the war, and being over age he was refused. This lead him to take his own life. The two suggestions offered are in the vicinity of his own home at Saturna Island, he having a large ranch there, and any rock in this vicinity which could be given his name..." (29 January 1917 letter from G.E.W. Robertson, Dept of Marine & Fisheries, Victoria; BC file 1917)

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