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Photo: Looking north to Mount Fortune (the lower peak in the foreground with the avalanche slopes) from Mount Chester (courtesy Rob Taerum)

Mount Fortune

  • 2332 m (7,650ft)
  • Naming History
50.8919N -115.413W
Located in the Spray Lakes Valley, west of lower Spray River and east of Turbulent Creek

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Visible from Highway: 742
Year Named: 1922
Named for: HMS Fortune was a Royal Navy destroyer which was sunk at the Battle of Jutland during WW I.

According to 82J/14, Mount Fortune is merely a minor high point (2340 m) above Spray Reservoir at the end of the long southern ridge of Mount Turbulent. "Place Names of Alberta" by Aphodite Karamitsanis states that its elevation is 2819 metres but this is in error as the location she specifies for the mountain is the location identified on 82J/14. It seems highly unlikely that such a minor high point would have been named in 1922 after a Battle of Jutland Warship. The name (and the location) does not appear on the Interprovincial Boundary Survey maps. Perhaps an error has been made and some other peak should be carrying the name Mount Fortune.

Photo: Looking northwest to Mount Fortune from Buller Pond on the Smith-Dorrien Road