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Photo: Mount Andromeda from the north on the Icefields Parkway a few kilometres north of the Icefields Centre

Mount Andromeda

  • 3450 m (11,319ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.1739N -117.236W
Located between Athabasca Glacier and Saskatchewan Glacier

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff/Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca/Saskatchewan
Major Valley: Saskatchewan
Visible from Highway: 93N
Ascent Date: 1930
Ascent Party: W.R. Hainsworth, J.F. Lehmann, M.M. Strumia, N.B. Waffl
Year Named: 1938
Named by: Rex Gibson (a former president of the Alpine Club of Canada)
Named for: In Greek mythology Andromeda was the wife of Perseus who rescued her from a sea monster. It is also the name of the nearest galaxy to our Milky Way. The Andromeda Galaxy can easily be seen with binoculars

Together with Mount Athabasca, this peak lies to the southeast of Athabasca Glacier and the northwest of the Saskatchewan Glacier. Mount Athabasca rises immediately above the Icefield Parkway and Mount Andromeda lies next to the Columbia Icefield between the points from which the Saskatchewan Glacier and the Athabasca Glacier flow from the icefield. Mount Andromeda is made up of two summits (referred to as the northeast summit and southwest summit) of approximately the same elevation.

Photo: Looking across the upper Saskatchewan Glacier to Mount Andromeda from the south on Casteleguard Shoulder

Looking west up the Saskatchewan Glacier valley to Mount Andromeda from the Icefields Parkway

Mount Andromeda from the Icefields Parkway

Looking southeast to Mount Athabasca (left) and Mount Andromeda from the Icefields Parkway