Vital Range

Feature Type:Range (2) - Group or chain of mountains or hills.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Bounded by Fall, Silver and Kenny Creeks, between head of Takla Lake and Omineca River, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°40'05''N, 125°44'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93N/12
Related Maps: 93N/11
93N/12

Origin Notes and History:

Vital Mountains identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on BC Lands' map 5A, 1917. Form of name changed to Vital Range 2 June 1950 on 93N.

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

Named by Frank Swannell, BCLS, whose survey parties worked in the Omineca & Finlay River basins 1912-13-14; after Vital LaForce, a French-Canadian prospector who had discovered gold on a stream above Old Hogem in the Omineca country (the stream since called Vital Creek.) Later, LaForce discovered gold on the Finlay River at a place that became known as Vital's Bar, and later still operated Vital's ferry, a rope and tackle clothesline operation, to barge supplies across the Nechako River near Fort Fraser. See Vital Creek for additional biographical information.

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