What’s in a Name – Mitchell Range
By Larry Halverson
Friends of Kootenay
The Mitchell Range in the Kootenay Valley forms the eastern boundary of Kootenay National Park. It is made up of eight 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 Palliser’s explorations, during 1858-59. Mitchell didn’t stay long with the Palliser expedition because it left him little time for his own adventures and hunting “heavy game.”.
Mitchell Range after sunset. Photo by Larry Halverson