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".
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.
Mt. Assiniboine lies on the border between Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, in British Columbia, and Banff National Park, in Alberta. 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.
There's a trail called Mount Assiniboine Route leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is R.C. Hind Hut located 1 423m/4 669ft NNW of the summit.
By elevation Mount Assiniboine is
# 1 out of 45 in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park # 7 out of 2255 in the Canadian Rockies # 46 out of 27097 in Canada # 1 out of 677 in Regional District of East Kootenay # 10 out of 8219 in British Columbia # 5 out of 1917 in Alberta # 1 out of 436 in Banff National Park
By prominence Mount Assiniboine is
# 1 out of 45 in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park # 4 out of 2255 in the Canadian Rockies # 42 out of 27097 in Canada # 2 out of 677 in Regional District of East Kootenay # 28 out of 8219 in British Columbia # 3 out of 1917 in Alberta # 1 out of 436 in Banff National Park
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