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Mount Assiniboine

Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine seen from Sunburst Lake
Elevation 3,618 m (11,870 ft)[1]
Prominence 2,086 m (6,844 ft)[2]
Listing List of Ultras in Canada
Mount Assiniboine is located in Alberta
Mount Assiniboine
Location in Alberta, on the border with British Columbia
Location AlbertaBritish Columbia border, Canada
Range Canadian Rockies
(Assiniboine Area)
Coordinates [2]
Topo map NTS 82J/13
First ascent 1901 by James Outram, Christian Bohren and Christian Hasler
Easiest route rock/snow climb (II/5.5)[1]

, also known as Assiniboine Mountain, is a mountain located on the Great Divide, on the British Columbia/Alberta border in Canada.

At 3,618 m (11,870 ft), it is the highest peak in the Southern Continental Ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Mt. Assiniboine rises nearly 1,525 m (5,003 ft) above Lake Magog. Because of its resemblance to the Matterhorn in the Alps, it is nicknamed the "Matterhorn of the Rockies".[3]

Mt. Assiniboine was named by Copper Mountain, he saw a plume of clouds trailing away from the top. This reminded him of the plumes of smoke emanating from the teepees of Assiniboine Indians.[1]

Mt. Assiniboine lies on the border between Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, in British Columbia, and Banff National Park, in Alberta.[4] The park does not have any roads and thus can only be reached by a six-hour hike 27 km (17 mi), three hour bike ride (now disallowed to reduce human / grizzly encounters) or helicopter. The usual approach is via Bryant Creek. From Canmore follow the Smith-Dorien road to the Mount Shark parking lot. The trail is well signed. A helipad is also here.


  • Climbing 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Mt. Assiniboine was first climbed in 1901 by James Outram, Christian Bohren and Christian Hasler. In 1925, Lawrence Grassi became the first person to make a solo ascent. On August 27, 2001, Bohren's granddaughter Lonnie along with three others made a successful ascent, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first ascent.[1]

There are no scrambling routes up Mt. Assiniboine. The easiest mountaineering routes are the North Ridge and North Face at YDS 5.5 which are reached from the Hind Hut.

Canadian Pacific Railways ad c. 1917

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Assiniboine". Retrieved 2003-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Mount Assiniboine". Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  3. ^ Robert W. Sandford, Ecology & Wonder in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, AU Press, 2010 (p. 60)
  4. ^ Map: British Columbia Parks

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • [2] Mount Assiniboine in Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia (
  • SummitPost - Mt. Assiniboine
  • Peakware - Mt. Assiniboine
  • "Mount Assiniboine, Alberta/British Columbia". 
  • ACC - Accident history
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