Valemount

Feature Type:Village (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a village municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: W of Yellowhead Pass, Mount Robson Park, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°49'46''N, 119°16'48''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83D/14
Related Maps: 83C
83D
83D/14

Origin Notes and History:

Incorporated as a Village Municipality 13 December 1962. Valemount (Post Office & Station) adopted 22 February 1963 on 83D; form of name changed to Valemount (Village) 29 January 1965, to conform to incorporated status.

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

Cranberry Lake Post Office was opened here 1 August 1913; re-named Swift Creek Post Office 1 January 1918; re-named Valemount Post Office 1 November 1928 (or 10 January 1929?), to match the name of CNR's station.

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

"....name of the new station, built in 1927 at mile 74.5 of the Albreda Subdivision, is Valemount; this is a coined word, suggested by the fact that the station is located in a valley within the [Rocky] mountains." (2 November 1927 letter from CNR.)

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