Mount Foch

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary at N end of Elk Lakes Provincial Park, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°34'24''N, 115°09'27''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82J/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 5 November 1918 by the Geographic Board of Canada, as labelled on BC-Alberta Boundary sheet #9, surveyed in 1916, published in 1917.

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

Named by interprovincial boundary surveyors, "After Marshall Ferdinand Foch, generalissimo of the allied forces, 1918-19."

Source: 16th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1919 (supplement to the Annual Report of the Dept of the Interior, 1919, Ottawa)

"Named after Ferdinand Foch (1852-1931), a professor of strategy at l'ecole militaire who became one of the most successful French military leaders. He also was a hero of the battle of Marne, and achieved the title of supreme commander of the allied forces in the latter stages of the war (1918). Foch defended Paris during the Somme offensive, where it was commonly believed that he was the only commander who could have held the allies together and regained the initiative as he did." (Place Names in Elk Lakes Provincial Park, manuscript by park ranger A. Simpson, August 2001)

Source: included with note