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Photo: Survey Peak (left) and Mount Erasmus (right and beyond) from the Icefields Parkway at Saskatchewan River Crossing

Mount Erasmus

  • 3265 m (10,712ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
51.9597N -116.921W
Located North Saskatchewan River Valley south of Arctomys Creek (Valley of the Lakes)

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Saskatchewan
Major Valley: Saskatchewan
Visible from Highway: 93N
Ascent Date: 1950
Ascent Party: F.D. Ayres, J.C. Oberlin
Year Named: 1859
Named by: James Hector
Named for: Erasmus, Peter (A well known guide, Peter Erasmus led Dr. Hector on his travels through the Rockies during 1858 and 1859. His book "Buffalo Days and Nights" describes his eventful life including these early explorations.)

Peter Erasmus was a remarkable and important individual who played a role in the events which transformed western Canada from the open, buffalo-covered plains into towns and Cities. He served as guide to the Palliser Expedition, spending the majority of his time with James Hector. A well educated man, Erasmus was fluent in six Native languages as well as English, Greek, and Latin. Following his service with the Palliser Expedition, he settled at Whitefish Lake where he was an interpreter, guide, trapper, hunter, and trader. He assisted in negotiating Treaty #6 after which he worked for a time with the Department of Indian Affairs. At the age of 87, Erasmus told his life story to Henry Thompson, a Metis and journalist, who wrote it down. The manuscript subsequently was published in book form as "Buffalo Days and Nights." Erasmus's personal comments regarding John Palliser and James Hector offer insight into the personalities of these two important figures in the history of the Canadian Rockies. [Additional Information: Erasmus, Peter. "Buffalo Days and Nights". Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1976]

Photo: Mount Erasmus from the Icefields Parkway

Looking west to Mount Erasmus from the Howse River Viewpoint on the Glacier Lake Trail