What a spectacular way to start off New Years Day, 2015! The sun shone brightly over this beautiful province today. When I looked out my window on the 33rd floor of Ultra Tower in downtown Surrey, British Columbia I could see the snowy peaks of the Golden Ears Mountains. On days like this, the wilderness calls to me, and I must go… and Fatima joined me! [View on Flickr]
“Golden Ears” is a bastardization of the original name given to main peak of Mount Blanshard, which was “Golden Eyries” (eyrie meaning a lofty nest of an eagle, in this case golden eagles observed nearby). Mount Blanshard was named by Lieut. Richard Charles Mayne in 1859, in honour of the first governor of the colony of Vancouver Island.
Why is the area called Golden “Ears” then? There is a twin peaked mountain beside Mount Blanshard called Edge Peak (named for Sam Edge who climbed it in 1876) and people got mixed up thinking that the double peaks were “ears” and “golden” because they light up around sunset. This is actually a great reason to call it Golden Ears!