Friends of Kootenay Blog

Access stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.


What's in a Name - Mitchell Range

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

Mitchell Range after sunset. Photo by Larry Halverson

The Mitchell Range in the Kootenay Valley forms the eastern boundary of Kootenay National Park. It is made up of 8 mountains and stretches from the Simpson River to the Cross River.

Named after Capt. William Roland Mitchell - a sportsman and British traveling companion of Captain Arthur Brisco who participated in the Palliser’s explorations, during 1858-59. Mitchell didn’t stay long with the Palliser expeditions because it left him little time for his own adventures and hunting “heavy game”.

See John E. Marriott's recent photo of the northern lights over the Mitchell Range.