Helena Peak

Having admired the towers of Castle Mountain dozens of times from the Trans-Canada Highway, Stephan and I thought we’d head to neighboring Helena Peak to get a bird’s-eye view of the iconic massif. Located halfway between Banff and Lake Louise, … Read More

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Cirque Peak

Located along the Icefields Parkway about 25 miles (40 km) north of Lake Louise, Cirque Peak’s 9,820-foot (2,993 m) summit rises prominently above Lake Helen and Dolomite Peak. Sitting just across the highway from popular Bow Lake, the 10-mile (16.5 … Read More

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Pharaoh Peaks

The Egypt Lakes area of Banff National Park is an absolutely gorgeous swath of Rocky Mountain backcountry stretching along the Continental Divide. Curiously, the area’s most prominent features all have names evocative of Ancient Egypt: Scarab and Pharaoh Peaks; The … Read More

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Mt. Bourgeau

Rising above the Bow Valley, Mt. Bourgeau’s 9,616-foot (2,931 m) summit is one of the most recognizable peaks near the town of Banff. Part of the Massive Range, Bourgeau’s prominent silhouette can be seen from Banff’s town center as well … Read More

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Applebee Dome

Located in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, Bugaboo Provincial Park encompasses a remote swath of glaciated, alpine wilderness. Here, you’ll find a collection of towering granite spires that erupt from a mantle of massive glaciers. With many of the chiseled peaks … Read More

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Boundary Peak

Aptly named, Boundary Peak straddles the border between Banff and Jasper National Parks. While the true highpoint is (I believe) technically in Jasper, it’s about as close as you can get to standing on a mountain summit in two of … Read More

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