Simon Peak
3322m (10899ft.)

Located on the continental divide 1 km northwest of McDonnell Peak; one of the peaks of Mount Fraser. on the border of Jasper & Mount Robson parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Athabasca & Fraser rivers.
Latitude 52; 39; 25 Longitude 118; 19; 00, Topo map 83D/09


Named by Interprovincial Boundary Survey in 1920. Fraser, Simon (A fur trader and one of Canada's most well known explorers, Simon Fraser was the first to cross Canada and reach the Pacific. He discovered the Fraser River.) Official name.

First ascended in 1924 by Alfred J. Ostheimer, M.M. Strumia, J. Monroe Thorington, guided by Conrad Kain. Journal reference AJ 37-323 38-56.

Photo: Simon Peak (courtesy Glen Boles)

Other Information

This massif known as Mount Fraser is made up of Simon Peak, Bennington Peak, and McDonnell Peak. Simon Peak is the highest of the three.

In his book, "The Glittering Mountains of Canada," J. Monroe Thorington wrote, "From high peaks of the Whirlpool we had glimpsed its (The Tonquin Valley) towers and glaciers in the north, and had looked into misty, forested valleys at Fraser headwaters. We knew that Simon Peak, the highest elevation of Mount Fraser and the loftiest summit of the Divide between Fortress Lake and Yellowhead Pass, had yet to be climbed. And so we went."

"The difficulties had been less than expected," and upon reaching the summit, "It was a pleasurable surprise to find a rock outcrop on the very highest point of our mountain, and we sat down in a comfortable spot to have lunch. It was not the best of days for a distant view, as smoke his many of the far peaks tha we had hoped to see. Most spectacular, however, was the gorge of Bennington Glacier. Formed by the snows that lie in the northern cirque of Mount Fraser's three peaks, it winds sinuously below the barren west wall of the Ramparts and disappears around the corner of Casement -the lowest portion of visible ice being more than four thousand feet below our viewpoint."

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