So Majestic - Castle Mountain by Leslie van de Ligt

Canon Rebel XSI, Canon Lens 100mm – 400mm
Banff Area Trans Canada Highway, Alberta Canada

I was lucky enough to catch this view of castle mountain on a trip to the area last year. It is a majestic peak of the Rocky Mountains!

Castle Mountain
From Wikipedia(View original Wikipedia article ») Last modified on 31 July 2011 at 23:21
For other uses, see Castle Mountain (disambiguation).
Castle Mountain

From the Trans-Canada Highway
Elevation 2,766 m (9,075 ft) 1
Prominence 168 m (551 ft) 2
Castle Mountain is located in Alberta
Castle Mountain
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Range Sawback Range (Canadian Rockies)
Coordinates 51°17′59″N 115°55′21″W1
Topo map NTS 82O/05
First ascent 1884 by Arthur P. Coleman12
Easiest route Moderate scramble (NE)

Castle Mountain is located within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, approximately half-way between Banff and Lake Louise. While looking nearly impenetrable from the Trans-Canada Highway, the peak can be ascended from the backside on the northeastern slopes. The trail to Rockbound Lake leads hikers around the eastern side.

The mountain was named in 1858 by James Hector for its castle-like or fortress appearance. Following the post-war visit of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower, the name was changed to Mount Eisenhower by the then Canadian Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie-King. Eventually, public pressure forced the name to be changed back in 1979 to its original but an isolated pinnacle at the southeastern end is now called Eisenhower Tower.

Nearby is the site of a First World War internment camp where unnaturalized Ukrainian immigrants to Canada were confined. Life in the camps was often described as ‘grim’; with its isolated location far from the roads of the time,

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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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Very nice capture…you are so right Leslie, this is majestic in stature

  • Thanks so much Larry and for the banner and for the fave. All are so appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Audrey thanks for the banner. Much appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 3 years ago

    Stunning, stunning, stunning capture, Leslie! Did I mention that it is stunning! Very majestic, indeed!

  • Wow, thanks Deb! Such kind words and so appreciated my friend. Thank you for the fave too. :>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

    beautiful complete view of the famous Castle sis.
    Just gorgeous!

  • Thanks Sis! I turned out in spite of the haze that day. Remember? :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 3 years ago

    Hi Leslie,….Love the image you captured here,…..Beautiful scene,…

  • Thanks so much John it is a gorgeous mountain. You would love it! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CanyonWind
  • One of mt favorite Banners Pops and Thanks for the Feature :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantabout 3 years ago

    Awsome awsome awsome, this dear Leslie is an instant favorite

  • Wow thanks so very much Malcolm this means a lot :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 3 years ago

    Leslie, this is such a great capture of the mountain,,,so bold & beautiful!!!!,,,,great job,,, Rick

  • Such a wonderful comment Rick and Thank You for the Fave :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 3 years ago

    This is stunning, Leslie, !!!

  • This is so appreciated Elfie. It’s lovely. Thank you :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 3 years ago


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