Valkyr Range

Feature Type:Range (2) - Group or chain of mountains or hills.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Pronounced: val-KEER
Relative Location: E side of Lower Arrow Lake, W of Nelson, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°45'00''N, 117°56'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82F/12
Related Maps: 82E/16
82E/8
82E/9
82F/12
82F/13
82F/5

Origin Notes and History:

Valkyr Mountains adopted 7 May 1900 on Geological Survey sheet 791, West Kootenay. Form of name changed to Valkyr Range 6 October 1955 on 82 SW.

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

After "Die Walkure" the Wagnerian opera.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa

Name submitted by R.W. Brock in his 2 April 1900 letter to Geological Survey of Canada. Odin sent nine martial shield maidens [the Valkyries] to gather up the heroic dead slain on the battlefield and take them to Valhalla. The beautiful white-armed virgins, having set aside their armour, clad themselved in pure white robes and constantly waited upon the warriors. (information provided December 2007 by Slocan historian Innes Cooper, encapsulated from Myths of Northern Lands, by H.A. Guerber; American Book Co., New Yrok, 1895.)

Source: included with note