Mount Assiniboine

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Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine Sunburst Lake.jpg
Mount Assiniboine seen from Sunburst Lake
Highest point
Elevation3,618 m (11,870 ft) [1]
Prominence2,086 m (6,844 ft) [2]
Coordinates50°52′10″N 115°39′03″W / 50.86944°N 115.65083°W / 50.86944; -115.65083Coordinates: 50°52′10″N 115°39′03″W / 50.86944°N 115.65083°W / 50.86944; -115.65083[2]
Mount Assiniboine is located in Alberta
Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine
Location in Alberta, on the border with British Columbia
LocationAlbertaBritish Columbia border, Canada
Parent rangeCanadian Rockies
(Assiniboine Area)
Topo mapNTS 82J/13
First ascent1901 by James Outram, Christian Bohren and Christian Hasler[3]
Easiest routerock/snow climb (II/5.5)[1]

Mount Assiniboine, also known as Assiniboine Mountain, is a pyramidal peak 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".[4]

Mt. Assiniboine was named by George M. Dawson in 1885. When Dawson saw Mt. Assiniboine from 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;[5] the park does not have any roads and thus can only be reached by a six-hour hike or horse-pack 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.


Mt. Assiniboine was first climbed in the summer of 1901 by James Outram, Christian Bohren and Christian Hasler.[3] 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

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Assiniboine". Retrieved 2003-11-02.
  2. ^ a b "Mount Assiniboine". Retrieved 2007-06-10.
  3. ^ a b "Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park". BC Parks. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. ^ Sandford, Robert W. (2010). Ecology & Wonder in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. Athabasca University Press. p. 60. ISBN 9781897425572. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  5. ^ Map: British Columbia Parks

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