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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!
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For other uses, see Castle Mountain (disambiguation).
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
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,