Mons Peak

Feature Type:Peak (2) - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, E of Icefall Brook, NE of head of Bush Arm Kinbasket Lake, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°51'36''N, 117°02'06''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/14

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 3 February 1920 for inclusion on BC-Alberta boundary sheet #19, as named in 1918 by interprovincial boundary surveyors .

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

Named by surveyors while surveying this section of the interprovincial boundary during August 1918. After Mons, the Belgian town which saw the first British fighting in the Great War, 23 August 1914. Mons was recaptured by Canadian troops immediately before the Armistice, 11 November 1918.

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

First ascent credited to James Outram, guided by Christian Kaufman, 1902. This summit is mistakenly labelled "Kaufman Peak" on the map that accompanies Outram's 1905 book "In the Heart of the Canadian Rockies". [a pair of nearby Alberta peaks had already been named "Kaufmann Peaks" by Outram and Collie et al in the 1890s.]

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.