Glacier National Park of Canada

Feature Type:National Park - A legally defined land area, under federal jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation and preservation of wildlife.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NE of Revelstoke, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°16'00''N, 117°31'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82N/5
Related Maps: 82N/3

Origin Notes and History:

Glacier National Park was established in 1886. The French form "Parc national de Glacier" was adopted 4 June 1985 (Ottawa file 203-19). French form of the name name changed to "Parc national des Glaciers" 30 April 1987 by Parks Canada. "Glacier National Park" and "Parc national des Glaciers" were confirmed by Parks Canada 30 June 1989. The expanded forms "Glacier National Park of Canada" and "Parc national du Canada des Glaciers" are identified in the publication Canada's Geographical Names Approved in English and French, published August 2002 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

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

"Glacier National Park was established in 1886, simultaneously with Yoho National Park to the east. The Canadian Pacific Railway had just completed its transcontinental line, linking together the scattered settlements of the young nation of Canada.... The first technical mountain climbing - purely for recreational purposes - in North America occurred in the mountains near Glacier House. In 1899, the first Swiss guides were hired to introduce novice groups to the world of mountaineering and glacier travel...." (from Parks Canada web site, April 2001).

Source: included with note