Name Notes: The peak was named after Pocaterra creek, which was named for George Pocaterra. He lived in and travelled this area extensively in the early 1900's. He was born in a valley of the Italian Alps, and attended university in Switzerland and was fluent in four languages. He established a ranch called "Buffalo Head Ranch" in the Highland valley. This ranch was eventually purchased by his close friend Raymond M. Patterson in 1933.
As well as ranching, Pocaterra was involved in trapping, hunting, coal exploration, and in the general exploration of the area. Some of the trips undertaken with Raymond Patterson are described in Patterson's best known book, "The Buffalo Head."
While becoming familiar with many untravelled areas in southern Alberta, Pocaterra made friends with the Indians. He was very proud of learning their native languages and folklore, and became blood brother to a Stoney named Spotted Wolf, travelling with him into the wild country of the Rockies when the only access was via ancient Indian trails.
The country that George Pocaterra loved below what is now Pocaterra Creek changed extensively with the development of the Kananaskis Lakes to produce electrical power. Pocaterra wrote, "I was probably the first white man to see the beautiful lake district from the south. The most beautiful mountain scenery in the world, as far as I am concerned, was at these lakes, but now it is completely spoiled by the power dams, and the drowning of the marvelously beautiful islands and exquisitely curving beaches, the cutting down of the century old trees, and the drying up of the twin falls between the two lakes and of the falls below the lower lake."