George Vaux X (1909-1996) was the third George in his family tree often associated with the Canadian Rockies.

George Vaux Sr. VIII (1832-1915)

m. Sarah H. Morris (d. 1880)

Mary M. Vaux Walcott (1860-1940)

m. Dr. Charles D. Walcott

George Vaux Jr. IX (1863-1927)

m. Mary James Vaux

William S. Vaux Jr. (1872-1908)

George Vaux X (1909-1996)

Henry Vaux Sr (1912-?)

The vaux family

The Vaux family was a prominent Quaker family living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who had moved from England to avoid religious persecution prior to the American Revolutionary War.

George Vaux Sr. (VIII) was the third generation of his family to grow up in Philadelphia and it was he who first brought his three children to the Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia, in 1887. This trip, which took advantage of the newly completed Canadian Pacific Railroad, sparked a love of and interest in the mountains of Western Canada (which they often called the Canadian Alps) that spanned generations of the Vaux family.

[Untitled], 1899, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Vaux Family fonds (V653/PA-26)

Mary M., George Jr. (IX), and William Jr. grew up during a transitional period for science and art in America, and Philadelphia proved to be the perfect backdrop.

 

People were encouraged to explore and create. Influenced by slightly more liberal Quaker values, the Vauxes rose to the occasion.

The third George

George Vaux X first visited the Canadian Rockies in 1927 with his mother and brother, following the death of his father in 1926. Both Vaux X and his brother Henry quickly fell in love with the Selkirk and Rocky Mountains that captivated the previous generation and, like their family, quickly established strong personal ties with the area.

View of Lake O'Hara, ca.1939, George Vaux X, photographer, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, George Vaux X fonds (V654/I/E/PS-35)

By 1932 Vaux X was a member in good standing with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, the Alpine Club of Canada, and the Sky Line Trail Hikers of the Canadian Rockies.

 

In 1935 Vaux X became a life member of the Sky Line Trail Hikers.

 

From August 1934 to August 1936 Vaux X was elected President of the Trail Riders Club.

George Vaux X's last trip before World War II took place in the summer of 1939. He served in the war effort abroad and upon returning home stayed in Pennsylvania to focus on his career and family. It was not until 1966 that he would return to the Canadian Rockies. In 1969 Vaux X began the Vaux family's longstanding support of the Whyte Museum by donating the first of the family's archival records. In 1993, George Vaux X was chosen to cut the ceremonial buckskin ribbon alongside Eleanor Luxton at the opening of the new wing of the Whyte Museum.