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Photo: Mount Ptolemy (courtesy Ed Michalski)

Mount Ptolemy

  • 2815 m (9,236ft)
  • Naming History
49.5492N -114.631W
Located on the continental divide north of Andy Good Creek Valley at the headwaters of Ptolemy Creek

Range: Flathead
Province: Alberta/BC
Headwater: Oldman/Kootenay
Year Named: 1914
Named by: Arthur Wheeler
Named for: The mountain resembles a man sitting with this arms folded.

Referring to Ptolemy Pass, the authors of the Interprovincial Boundary Survey Report wrote, "The name is due to the mountain which dominates the pass on the east side. Seen from the west, the summit ridge bears a very striking resemblance to a recumbent Pharaoh (see illustration) and it has for many years been spoken of as Mummy Mountain. The name ''Mummy'' is not suitable for the pass and there are Pharaoh Peaks elsewhere, so the commissioners have suggested the name ''Mount Ptolemy'' and have applied it to the pass."

Mount Ptolemy (Interprovincial Boundary Survey photo)

Looking east to Mount Ptolemy from Thee Sisters (courtesy Sonny Bou)