Elk Pass

Feature Type:Pass (2) - Low opening in a mountain range or hills, offering a route from one side to the other.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, at NE corner of Elk Lakes Provincial Park E of Invermere, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°34'57''N, 115°03'52''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82J/11

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 14 September 1966 as labelled on BC Lands' map 1EM, 1915, and on BC-Alberta boundary sheet 9, 1916, and on numerous subsequent maps.

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

"...in reality [this] is a twin pass..." (BC-Alberta Boundary Report, Part I, p 116); labelled East Passage and West Passage with the collective label "Elk Pass" on BC-Alberta Boundary sheet 9. [since adopted as East Elk Pass and West Elk Pass on modern maps] See also 11 April 1925 letter, file A.1.24; also Boundary Report, ibid, pp.114-115,118-119,125-126,131.

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

"Elk Pass (not West Elk, East Elk, nor Tobermory )" identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Origin/significance of "Tobermory" not recorded.

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