Photo by Dow Williams
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1901|
|First successful climber(s):||James Outram, C. Bohren, C. Hasler|
|Nearest major airport:||Calgary, Alberta|
|Convenient Center:||Banff, Alberta|
Mount Assiniboine is a spectacular isolated limestone pyramid, towering almost 5,000 feet above beautiful Lake Magog. It is sometimes referred to as the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies. It is the highest and most dramatic of several splendid snow-covered peaks that form a V-shaped cirque just fifty miles southwest of Calgary, 25 miles due south of Banff. Flora and fauna in this area are as excellent as the peak itself. Wildflowers abound around Lake Magog, and relatively high populations of moose, deer, elk, mountain goat, elk, bighorn sheep, coyote, wolf and grizzly reside here. The entire area is enclosed within the Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, whose remoteness is preserved by its inaccessibility by road. Park access requires six hours on foot, three hours on bike, or it can be accessed by helicopter, which unfortunately is the choice of many tourists.