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A favorite sight for photographers and tourists alike Castle Mountain overlooks the TransCanada Highway and is a beautiful mountain to view. The day we were there we were fighting smoke from northern forest fires but I was able to get a shot in as the smoke drifted away for a brief space of time although it prevented the sun from shining brightly .Featured In The Group “The World As We See It Or As We Missed It” July, 2011.

Rebel XSI, Lens Canon 100 – 400mm
Canmore/Banff Area, Alberta, Canada

From The Internet on Canadian Rockie Mountain Peaks:

The resemblance to Cyclopean masonry has doubtless suggested the name, for it is marked by huge masses of castellated-looking work, with turreted flanks."

One of the most imposing peaks in the Bow Valley, the bold, castellated southwest front of the mountain dominates the view for much of the journey from Banff to Lake Louise, its bulk, prominent position as noted by Hector, and reddish color combining to make this a favorite of many who pass this way.

Two levels of steep cliffs form the “castle” part of Castle Mountain. The ledge between is the Stephen Formation which correlates westward to the rocks that contain the Burgess Shale fossils in Yoho National Park.

Despite the appropriateness of Dr. Hector’s name and the fact that it had been used for almost one hundred years, the mountain was renamed Mount Eisenhower in 1946 in honour of American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during the final year of World War II.

The decision to rename Castle Mountain was made by Prime Minister Mackenzie-King on the day before the President was to pay a visit to Ottawa. As much as Eisenhower was respected, this arbitrary decision so enraged the Alberta government that it immediately formed its own geographical names board. It took thirty-three years and an Albertan as Prime Minister before Castle Mountain regained its original name in 1979. As a compromise, the prominent tower on the southern end of the mountain was given the name Eisenhower Peak.

After naming the mountain, James Hector made a side-trip, climbing through the forest and passed, “. . .round to the north side of the mountain, and found that a deep valley separated it from a lower spur composed of splintery shale of a dull red colour.” This was the valley that contains Rockbound Lake, the high ridge to the north being Helena Ridge.

After visiting the Selkirks in 1884, Arthur Coleman stopped below Castle Mountain. From there he ascended to camp in “the beautiful Horseshoe Valley behind the Castle” from which he made the first ascent of the mountain.

Coleman wrote, “Some of the climbing was quite risky work, since the projecting knobs of rock were often loose, and gave way under the hand or foot. Above the edge of the cliff, however, going was easy, so that the highest part of the Castle (nine thousand feet) was not hard to reach, and the wonderful view of the valley of Bow River, four thousand feet below, was quite worth seeing. The tower standing in front of the Castle to the south-east looked as unscaleable as it was reported to be.”

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 3 years ago

    Majestic and iconic! Beautifully captured Leslie!!

  • Many thanks Blair. It was such a gorgeous sight ! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Awesome mountain! Please write which group featured this, in your Artist Description, and then resubmit it to “The Best of RedBubble”.

  • Kathleen thank you very much and I have added the feature as you requested to my description. Take care, :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    This is an amazing site Leslie. I’d hate to get up to the top the hard way.

  • Hi Al ! Thanks for your comment and No Kidding !!! Folks do climb it though, They love the CHALLENGE LOL :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 3 years ago

    Great capture Leslie of this splendid formation. Too bad you didn’t have a better sky in your favour. Hugs, Ron

  • Hey Ron thank you so much! The smoke from the forest fires was really dense and I almost didn’t even get a shot of the mountain. Only a break in the haze allowed that, I counted my blessing with that. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 3 years ago

    Gosh what a wonderful site Bunny, a great thing about Red Bubble is one gets to see grand sites one would never get a chance to visit,

    Beautiful shot & info

  • Thanks so much my dear friend. It truly is awesome to see and I’m glad I could share it with you. Hugs :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Leslie! The trees on the slope give some idea of the immensity of the mountain. Must be breathtaking to see in person!

  • Thank you so very much Mike. It truly is magnificent and sure puts you in place as to where you fit by way of size on this old planet of ours LOL. It is indeed breathtaking. If you ever get the chance to come out this way we would love to take you out to see it in person. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 3 years ago

    I have always admired this mountain and have taken pics of it myself!
    OUTSTANDING capture for sure Leslie!

  • Many thanks for you wonderful comment Rosie. So very appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    Bee-utiful sis!
    Don’t you just love this towering beautiful mountain?
    You captured it wonderfully sis!

  • II do so love this mountain and was sure glad I caught it in spite of the smoke… Thanks for the lovely words. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thanks so very much Kathleen. Much appreciated ! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Leslie

  • Larry, Hello and Thank you so very much! Hope all is well with you and you are enjoying this glorious summer !! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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