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Photo: Looking west to Boom Mountain from Highway #93(S)

Boom Mountain

  • 2760 m (9,056ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
51.2508N -116.078W
Located on the continental divide between Boom Lake and Chickadee Valley; north buttress of Vermilion Pass

Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Banff/Kootenay
Headwater: Bow/Kootenay
Visible from Highway: 1, 93S
Ascent Date: 1903
Ascent Party: Dominion Survey
Year Named: 1908
Named for: Boom Lake lies below the mountain. It was named after the driftwood, derived from avalanche debris, which looked like a lumberman''s boom.

The Alpine Club of Canada's annual camp at nearby Vermilion Pass in 1912. Following the camp, this account was written as to the naming of the lake, "Boom Lake is so called from the fact that near its eastern extremity an old moraine, at one time the bounding wall of the lake, now just touches the surface which has overflowed it. It spans the lake in a crescent, some distance from the eastern end, and intercepts the driftwood floating down the lake. The appearance created is that of a lumber boom, and hence the name." The logs are provided by avalanches that come down from the slopes of Boom Mountain at the eastern end of the lake.

Photo: Boom Mountain from the south on Highway #93(S)

Looking west to Boom Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway

Looking west to Boom Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway

Looking south to Boom Mountain from Mount Bell (courtesy Calvin Damen)