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Jarvis Pass

  • 1478 m (4850ft)
  • Naming History
  • Peaks and Rivers
54.0902N 120.1888W
Province: BC
Year Named: 1908
Named by: Cyr, Saint
Named for: Jarvis, Edward William (Together with C.F. Hanington, Edward Jarvis travelled over this pass while surveying a possible route for the CPR during the winter of 1874-75. He later served as a superintendent with the NWMP.)
Mountain (NW): Mount Hanington
Mountain (SE): Mount Jarvis
Headwaters (NE): Kakwa River
Headwaters (SW): Jarvis Creek


"E.W. Jarvis, CE, and Major C.F. Hanington of Ottawa made an adventurous winter journey across the Rockies in 1875. The pass through which they crossed the mountains was named Jarvis Pass by the Geographic Board of Canada and the name Jarvis is also borne by a mountain on the south side of the pass opposite Mount Hanington. The exploration was undertaken to see if this route across the mountains would be a practicable one for the Canadian Pacific railway. The elevation of the pass, about 5,000 feet, proved too high. The starting point of the journey was Quesnel, which was left on December 9, 1874, and a 1,000-mile journey, mostly on foot, occupying five and a half months was concluded at Winnipeg on May 21, 1875." (extract from Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, June 1927). -[Courtesy B.C. Geographical Names]