Hamber Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Adjoining BC-Alberta boundary, NE of Wood Arm Kinbasket Lake, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°23'00''N, 117°53'10''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83C/5
Related Maps: 83C/5
83D/8

Origin Notes and History:

Established as a Class B provincial park per Order in Council 1305, 16 September 1941. Status changed to a Class A provincial park per OIC 1499, 6 June 1961, the whole containing 55,600 acres more or less. Boundary extended per OIC 2919, 23 November 1961, the whole now containing 60,585 acres more or less. Redescribed per OIC 12001/90. Conversion of OIC to Statute designation per Bill 17-2000: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 29 June 2000; the whole containing 24,520 ha. more or less. Boundary redescribed per Bill 50-2004: Parks and Protected Areas Statutes Amendment Act, 17 May 2004; the whole containing approximately 25,137 hectares.

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

"....named in honour of the Honourable Eric Werge Hamber, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia 1936-41. British Columbia has been singularly fortunate in the calibre of the men who have been the sovereign's representatives, and E.W. Hamber was among the best. After he became chancellor of the University of British Columbia in 1944 he endeared himself to the faculty by throwing a wonderful party at the Hotel Vancouver.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.

One of seven national and provincial parks that together comprise the 26,583 sq. km World Heritage Site known as Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.

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