Elk Range

Feature Type:Range (2) - Group or chain of mountains or hills.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Extends along BC-Alberta boundary on the E side of upper Elk River, E of Invermere, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°28'45''N, 114°56'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82J/7
Related Maps: 82J/10
82J/11
82J/7

Origin Notes and History:

Elk Mountains adopted in the 15th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1917, as labelled on BC-Alberta Boundary sheet #9, published in 1917 from surveys in 1916. Form of name changed to Elk Range 6 September 1951 on 82J/10.

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

So-called from the number of elk formerly found on its slopes and in the adjacent Elk River valley. "Starts at Weary Creek Gap and extends northwest some 20 miles to the gap of Pocaterra Creek [Alberta]." (BC-Alberta Boundary Report Pt.1, p.111.)

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