Mount Assiniboine

Coordinates: 50°52′10″N 115°39′03″W / 50.86944°N 115.65083°W / 50.86944; -115.65083
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Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine seen from above Lake Magog
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; -115.65083[3]
Mount Assiniboine is located in Alberta
Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine
Location in Alberta, on the border with British Columbia
Mount Assiniboine is located in British Columbia
Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine
Mount Assiniboine (British Columbia)
LocationAlbertaBritish Columbia border, Canada
Parent rangeCanadian Rockies
(Assiniboine Area)
Topo mapNTS 82J13 Mount Assiniboine[3]
First ascent1901 by James Outram, Christian Bohren and Christian Hasler[4]
Easiest routerock/snow climb (II/5.5)[1]

Mount Assiniboine, also known as Assiniboine Mountain, is a pyramidal peak mountain 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. Mount 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".[5]

Mount Assiniboine was named by George M. Dawson in 1885. When Dawson saw Mount 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 the Assiniboine people.[1]

Mount Assiniboine lies on the border between Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, in British Columbia, and Banff National Park, in Alberta.[6] The mountain can be reached only 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.


Mt. Assiniboine was first climbed in the summer of 1901 by James Outram, Christian Bohren and Christian Hasler.[4] 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.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Assiniboine". Retrieved 2003-11-02.
  2. ^ "Mount Assiniboine". Retrieved 2007-06-10.
  3. ^ a b "Mount Assiniboine". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  4. ^ a b "Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park". BC Parks. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Map of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park" (PDF). BC Parks. February 28, 2018. Retrieved 2019-09-15.

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