Mount Downton

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Mount Downton
Mount Downton is located in British Columbia
Mount Downton
Mount Downton
Location in British Columbia
Highest point
Elevation 2,375 m (7,792 ft) [1]
Prominence 785 m (2,575 ft) [1]
Coordinates 52°42′21″N 124°51′03″W / 52.70583°N 124.85083°W / 52.70583; -124.85083Coordinates: 52°42′21″N 124°51′03″W / 52.70583°N 124.85083°W / 52.70583; -124.85083[2]
Location British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Itcha Range
Topo map NTS 093C/10
Last eruption Pleistocene

Mount Downton is the highest summit of the 10 km (6 mi) diameter Itcha Range, located 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Anahim Lake and 33 km (21 mi) east of Far Mountain in the Chilcotin District of the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It lies within Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park.

Name origin[edit]

Mount Downton was named for Geoffrey M. Downton, British Columbia Land Surveyor, for whom Downton Lake, the reservoir behind Lajoie Dam in the Bridge River Power Project is also named. Downton is credited with first noting the hydroelectric potential inherent in the elevation differential between the Bridge River and Seton Lake on opposing sides of Mission Pass during a visit to the Bridge River Mining District in 1912.[3]


Mount Downton is part of the Anahim Volcanic Belt, a west-east trending line of volcanoes formed when the North American Plate moved over a hotspot, similar to the one feeding the Hawaiian Islands, called the Anahim hotspot. The Anahim Volcanic Belt includes other immediately nearby ranges, the Rainbow and Ilgachuz Ranges.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Downton". Retrieved 14 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mount Downton". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  3. ^ [Short Portage to Lillooet, Irene Edwards, self-publ. Lillooet 1976]