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Photo: Pigeon Mountain from the west (note ski slopes at bottom right)

Pigeon Mountain

  • 2394 m (7,855ft)
  • Naming History
51.0286N -115.206W
Located in the Bow River Valley east of Pigeon Creek

Province: Alberta
Park: Kananaskis
Headwater: Bow
Major Valley: Bow
Visible from Highway: 1
Year Named: 1858
Named by: Eugene Bourgeau
Named for: Flocks of pigeons were seen near the mountain.

Pigeon Mountain was, for a few years, the site of an attempt to establish a downhill ski resort in the Bow Valley. However a combination of little snow, warm chinook winds, and exposure to the sun forced it to close. The old ski runs can be seen as you approach the mountain from the west on the Trans Canada Highway. It was named "Pic de Pigeons" by Eugene Bourgeau, the French-born botanist on the Palliser Expedition.

As common pigeons are a species that has been introduced and would not have been present in the Bow Valley in 1858 it is not clear what the bird were that Eugene Bourgeau saw.

*A hiking route to the summit is described in Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide.

For a panoramic view from the summit of Pigeon Mountain visit www.canadasmountains.com.

Photo: looking southwest to Pigeon Mountain from Highway #1A, east of Exshaw

Looking east-southeast to Pigeon Mountain from the Trans-Canada Highway

Looking southeast across Gap Lake to Pigeon Mountain from Highway #1A