Wenkchemna Peak

Feature Type:Peak (2) - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, E of Lake McArthur on E side of Yoho National Park, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°19'43''N, 116°16'35''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/8

Origin Notes and History:

"Wenkchemna Peaks (not Desolation Range nor The Stragglers)" adopted in the 5th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1904, referring to ten chained peaks. Incorrectly identified as "Wenkchemna Peak...the tenth of the Ten Peaks" in the 18th Report GBC, 1924. Wenkchemna Peaks (plural) re-instated 6 June 1952 on 82N/SE, referring to all 10 peaks; and Wenkchemna Peak (singular) was retained for this peak - the northernmost of the chain.

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

In association with Samuel E.S. Allen's 1894 name for the chain: there are ten peaks in this chain, and Wenkchemna is the Stoney Indian word for "ten".

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