The Summits of Canada & Their Names
Mountain names often have a significant
meaning either with original explorers or a reflection of the
local people, heritage and culture. Here is the background on
the Summits of Canada mountains and their names:
Baldy Mountain - Manitoba
The name is Ojibwa, meaning "straits of the spirit".
Barbeau Peak - Nunavut
It was named in 1969 after Marius Barbeau, an Inuit anthropologist
and folklorist who lived from 1883 to 1969.
Cypress Hills - Saskatchewan
The name "Cypress Hills" originates from an incorrect
translation of the French "montagne aux cypres". The
term "cypres" was used by French-Canadians and Métis
to refer to the jack pine and the lodgepole pine. There are no
cypress trees in the Cyprss Hills.
Fairweather Mountain –
The mountain was named by Captain James Cook in 1778, because
of fair weather after a period of prolonged storms.
Ishpatina Ridge - Ontario
Ishpatina is an Ojibwa term which means "high hill".
Mount Carleton- New Brunswick
The mountain from which the site takes its name honours the province's
first lieutenant governor, Thomas Carleton (1736-1817). The Province
of New Brunswick was officially created by Sir Thomas Carleton
on August 16, 1784.
Mount Caubvick – Newfoundland
In 1981 the Newfoundland Geographic Names Board officially named
mountain L1 "Mount Caubvick", after one of the Inuit’s
who was taken to England in 1772 by George Cartwright. Capt. George
Cartwright was a British Officer in India, who came to Newfoundland
with his brother John in search of the Beothuk Indians.
Mount Columbia - Alberta
It was named by Norman Collie in 1899 after the Columbia River,
itself named in 1792 by Captain Robert Gray after his vessel,
Mount D'Iberville - Quebec
This 5419-foot peak was named for the French officer who twice
burned all of Newfoundland's major towns to the ground.
Mount Logan - Yukon
The mountain was named in honor of William Edmond Logan who was
the first director of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC).
Queen’s County - Prince
Highest point is Springton, Queen's County at 152 metres (499
feet). Springton, an unincorporated area, is located in Queens
County in the central portion of Prince Edward Island, NE. of
Un-Named Peak - Northwest
The Peak has no official name and is referred to as the ‘Un-Named
Peak’ by the Canadian Government.
White Hill - Nova Scotia
In checking with the Provincial Government to date no explanation
has been given on the name of Nova Scotia’s highpoint.