Mount James Walker
Photo by Kevin Altheim
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Calgary International Airport|
Thanks to Kevin Altheim for adding this peak.
A large mountain that occupies the entire space between Mount Inflexible to the southeast and The Fortress to the northwest. There are 2 scrambling routes on the south slopes which use James Walker Creek for approach.
It was named for Colonel James Walker who was one of Calgary's prominent pioneers. Born in Hamilton Ontario he went on to become one of the first commissioned officers of the North West Mounted Police in 1873. He was part of the trek west in 1874 and promoted to superintendent in 1876 then sent back east to arrange for new recruits. From there he was assigned to Battleford to establish a Mounted Police Fort with much of his work escorting treaty commissioners to negotiate with the First Nations. He had a tremendous respect for the First Nations, especially the Sioux and Sitting Bull.
Eventually he married Euphemia Quarrie and brought her out west and in 1880 was ordered to assume command at Fort Walsh. However, along the way he was summoned to Ottawa and was offered a position at a large cattle ranch by the prime minister. The ranch was being started by Senator Cochrane. He left ranching in 1882 and then took over a sawmill in the Kananaskis area which supplied much of the wood used in Calgary and surrounding area. The Walker family also owned a farm in an area which is now part of the district of Inglewood in Calgary.
In 1885 he was pressed into service during the North West Rebellion of 1885 when he formed the Home Guard. He also served overseas in World War I as the commanding officer of the Canadian Forestry Corps.
In 1975 the City of Calgary proclaimed Colonel James Walker Citizen of the Century for his numerous contributions to the country, city, and area. The inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary is the lasting legacy of the Walker family and the old Walker residence still stands, preserved to this day. The sanctuary conservation project was led by his son Selby.
This information was gathered from the website for the Three Hundred Mounted Men, The Mounted Policemen of Calgary's Cemeteries, and originally came from Grant MacEwan's biography
Thanks to Kevin Altheim for this description.