Mount James Walker is located at the head of James Walker Creek, west of the Kananaskis River, and NNW of Mount Inflexible in Kananaskis Country. The mountain has 2 scrambling routes which approach up the south from James Walker Creek to gain the south ridge which are detailed in Sandra McGuinness's Mount James Walker - south ridge trip report. There are also climbing opportunities on its northeast face.
It was named for Colonel James Walker, one of Calgary's prominent pioneers. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario and went on to become one of the first commissioned officers of the North West Mounted Police in 1873. James Walker was part of the trek west in 1874 and endured the hardships of the expedition. He was promoted to superintendent in 1876 and sent back east to arrange for new recruits. From there he was assigned to Battleford to establish a Mounted Police Fort. Much of his work in the area was escorting treaty commissioners to negotiate with the First Nations. James Walker had great respect for the First Nations people, especially the Sioux people, and for Sitting Bull.
Eventually James Walker married Euphemia Quarrie and brought his new bride out west. In 1880 he 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 at which point he took over a sawmill in the Kananaskis area which supplied much of the wood for Calgary and area at the time. The Walker family also owned a farm in an area which is now part of the district of Inglewood in Calgary.
James Walker was pressed into service during the North West Rebellion of 1885 when he formed the Home Guard. He also served overseas in WW1 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 was a conservation project led by Walker's son, Selby.
This information was gathered from a website for the Three Hundred Mounted Men, The Mounted Policemen of Calgary's Cemeteries. The information originally came from Grant MacEwan's biography, James Walker, Man of the Western Frontier, a recommended reading.