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Photo: Looking south-southwest to Fairview Mountain (Mount Aberdeen at right) from the Trans-Canada Highway at the junction with the Icefields Parkway

Fairview Mountain

  • 2744 m (9,003ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
  • Hiking and Trails
51.3994N -116.224W
Located in the Bow River Valley 1 km south of Lake Louise

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Major Valley: Bow
Visible from Highway: 1, 93N
Ascent Date: 1893
Ascent Party: Samuel E.S. Allen, Walter Wilcox
Year Named: 1894
Named by: Walter Wilcox
Named for: The name describes the view from the summit.
Popular Hike: Lakes Louise/Moraine/O'Hara
Journal Reference: AJ 18-104, APP 8-128

The smoothly contoured Fairview Mountain was a favourite of the early mountaineers who often used it as a "warm-up" for their more serious climbs. A broad, vertical stripe of snow may be seen in the early summer and this would have made it very distinctive as they approached Castle Mountain on their way to Laggan (as Lake Louise Station was known at the time). In his book "The Glittering Mountains of Canada," J. Monroe Thorington, one of these early mountaineers wrote, "When the train had passed the square-topped tower of Pilot Mountain, it was always Fairview that we looked for. We learned to recognize its outlines far away; long before Storm Mountain and the wooded saddle of Vermilion Pass were near; long before the opening of the Valley of the Ten Peaks drew our eyes to the towering heights of >Deltaform and Neptuak and Temple. Perhaps it was only because we knew the little mountain so well; but little heights always affect the mountain-lover in such fashion. A small peak as a rule is the best view-point because there is still something left to look up to... And so it is with Fairview. Year after year we have come back to it; perhaps as a convenient training walk, but more likely on account of the sheer beauty with which it is surrounded." Dr. Charles D. Walcott, a geologist who visited the Canadian Rockies in the early 1900's wrote that the view from the top was, "worth a journey across the continent to see."

Photo: Looking west to Saddle Mountain, Fairview Mountain and Mount Whyte (beyond) from the Bow Valley Parkway at the Morant Curve Viewpoint

Looking southeast to Fairview Mountain (at right)

Looking southwest to Fairview Mountain

Looking southeast to Fairview Mountain from Mount St. Piran

Looking south-southeast across Bath Creek to (l-r) Fairview Mountain, Haddo Peak, and Mount Aberdeen

Looking west to Fairview Mountain

Looking northwest to Fairview Mountain from Saddle Mountain

Looking west to Fairview Mountain at the centre of this classic view from Morant Curve

Looking southwest from Lake Louise Village to (l-r) Saddle Mountain, Sheol Mountain, Haddo Peak, and Fairview Mountain

Looking southeast across Lake Louise to Fairview Mountain

Looking east to Fairview Mountain

Looking south across Herbert Lake to (l-r) Mount Temple, Fairview Mountain, Haddo Peak, and Mount Aberdeen from the Icefields Parkway