Mount Vaux
3319m (10890ft.)

Located in the Kicking Horse River Valley opposite Mount Hunter. Ottertail Range, Yoho Park, Major headwater Columbia River.
Latitude 51; 15; 30 Longitude 116; 32; 00, Topo map 82N/07
Can be seen from Highway 1

Named by James Hector in 1858. Vaux, William Sandys Wright (A friend of James Hector's, William Vaux was resident antiquarian at the British Museum for twenty-nine years. He helped secure funds to support the Palliser Expedition's principals while they completed their report.) Official name.

First ascended in 1901 by C.E. Fay, James Outram, J.H. Scattergood, guided by Christian Hasler sr.. Journal reference App 10-6; CAJ 1-74.

Photo: Looking south over Mount Hurd to Mount Vaux from Emerald Lake
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Photo: Looking northeast to Mount Vaux from Highway #1 near the Beaverfoot Valley

This high, glacier clad peak is best viewed from the Emerald Lake area and the upper end of the Emerald Lake access road.

James Outram, completed the first ascent of Mount Vaux in 1901. He described the valley-views of the peak in his classic book, “In the Heart of the Canadian Rockies” as follows, “The noble, snow-crowned summit of Mount Vaux is a conspicuous and magnificent object from the Emerald Lake region and the heights around Field, and it is also visible from the railroad track west of that station. Seen from Emerald Lake on a summer evening, softly glowing with the delicate rosy lustre or flashing brilliantly beneath the red-gold glory of the sinking sun, framed by the dark rocks and sombre pines of the southern portals of the intervening valleys, its graceful form and wonderous hues reflected in the peaceful, paling waters, Mt. Vaux presents a picture to life forever in the inmost shrine of one’s most cherished memories.

Note that its name is not connected with Mary Vaux or Mount Mary Vaux in the Maligne Lake Valley.

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