Premier Range

The Premier Range is a group of mountains within the Cariboo Mountains of east-central British Columbia, Canada. The range (also known as the Premier Group[3]) is bounded by the Raush River and Kiwa Creek to the north, the North Thompson River on the south and west and the Fraser River and its tributaries to the east.

Premier Range
Premier Group
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Highest point
PeakMount Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Elevation3,516 m (11,535 ft)
Coordinates52°48′05″N 119°43′54″W / 52.80139°N 119.73167°W / 52.80139; -119.73167[1]
Premier Range is located in British Columbia
Premier Range
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Range coordinates52°45′N 119°33′W / 52.750°N 119.550°W / 52.750; -119.550Coordinates: 52°45′N 119°33′W / 52.750°N 119.550°W / 52.750; -119.550[2]
Parent rangeCariboo Mountains

In 1927, the year of Canada's Diamond Jubilee, it was decided that the names of the higher peaks in this range would be reserved to pay tribute to prime ministers of Canada,[3] prime ministers of the United Kingdom, and premiers of the province of British Columbia. In practice, however, only one British prime minister and one British Columbia premier have been so honoured, and recent[when?] changes to Canadian geographic naming regulations make it unlikely that any British prime minister or other non-Canadian will receive such an honour in the future.[citation needed]

The named summits of the Premier Range are, in order of elevation:

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Mountain Height (m) Height (ft) Naming Coordinates
Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier 3516 11535 Sir Wilfrid Laurier - 7th Prime Minister 52°48′05″N 119°43′54″W / 52.80139°N 119.73167°W / 52.80139; -119.73167 (Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier)[1]
Mount Sir John Abbott 3398 11148 Sir John Abbott - 3rd Prime Minister 52°48.6′N 119°47.7′W / 52.8100°N 119.7950°W / 52.8100; -119.7950 (Mount Sir John Abbott)
Mount Sir John Thompson 3349 10988 Sir John Thompson - 4th Prime Minister 52°44′N 119°44′W / 52.733°N 119.733°W / 52.733; -119.733 (Mount Sir John Thompson)
Mount Sir Mackenzie Bowell 3301 10830 Sir Mackenzie Bowell - 5th Prime Minister 52°49′54″N 119°43′48″W / 52.83167°N 119.73000°W / 52.83167; -119.73000 (Mount Sir Mackenzie Bowell)
Mount Stanley Baldwin 3256 10682 Stanley Baldwin - British Prime Minister 52°49′28″N 119°36′21″W / 52.82444°N 119.60583°W / 52.82444; -119.60583 (Mount Stanley Baldwin)
Mount Mackenzie King 3234 10610 Mackenzie King - 10th Prime Minister 52°46′32.9″N 119°45′02.9″W / 52.775806°N 119.750806°W / 52.775806; -119.750806 (Mount Mackenzie King)
Mount Arthur Meighen 3205 10515 Arthur Meighen - 9th Prime Minister 52°48′11.9″N 119°33′11.9″W / 52.803306°N 119.553306°W / 52.803306; -119.553306 (Mount Arthur Meighen)
Mount Richard Bennett 3190 10466 Richard Bennett - 11th Prime Minister 52°49′48″N 119°47′36″W / 52.83000°N 119.79333°W / 52.83000; -119.79333 (Mount Richard Bennett)
Mount John Oliver 3123 10246 John Oliver - B.C. Premier 52°53′00″N 119°41′06″W / 52.88333°N 119.68500°W / 52.88333; -119.68500 (Mount John Oliver)
Mount Lester Pearson 3086 10125 Lester B. Pearson - 14th Prime Minister 52°46′48″N 119°32′42″W / 52.78000°N 119.54500°W / 52.78000; -119.54500 (Mount Lester Pearson)
Mount Louis Saint Laurent 3045 9990 Louis St. Laurent - 12th Prime Minister 52°45′34″N 119°47′07″W / 52.75944°N 119.78528°W / 52.75944; -119.78528 (Mount Louis Saint Laurent)
Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau 2640 8661 Pierre Trudeau - 15th Prime Minister 52°48′10″N 119°25′31″W / 52.80278°N 119.42528°W / 52.80278; -119.42528 (Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau)
Mount Sir Allan MacNab 2297 7535 Sir Allan MacNab - Premier of the colonial-era Province of Canada 52°31′12″N 119°12′11″W / 52.52000°N 119.20306°W / 52.52000; -119.20306 (Mount Sir Allan McNab)

Before the Premier Range was selected, many mountains outside this area were named after Canadian prime ministers. Mount Mackenzie, Mount Tupper, Mount Macdonald and Mount Laurier rise over the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks that travel through the Rogers Pass near Golden, British Columbia. Mount Robert in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia honours Sir Robert Borden. There is also a Mount John Diefenbaker in British Columbia named after John Diefenbaker. Other than Laurier (who was also honoured with the name of a mountain in Yukon), none of these prime ministers have received the honour of also having a mountain named for them in the Premier Range.


  1. ^ a b "Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  2. ^ "Premier Range". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Premier Range". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2021-01-31.

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