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Photo: Looking southeast up Stanley Creek to Stanley Peak from Highway #93(S)

Stanley Peak

  • 3155 m (10,352ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
51.1703N -116.054W
Located in the Vermilion River Valley opposite Tokumm Creek

Range: Ball
Province: BC
Park: Kootenay
Headwater: Kootenay
Major Valley: Vermilion
Visible from Highway: 1, 93S
Ascent Date: 1901
Ascent Party: Edward Whymper
Ascent Guide: J. Bossoney, C. Kaufmann, C. Klucker, J. Pollinger
Year Named: 1901
Named by: Edward Whymper
Named for: Stanley, Frederick Arthur (Frederick Arthur Stanley who was Canada?s sixth Governor General but is probably best known as the person responsible for the Stanley Cup.)

With an elevation of 3155 metres, Stanley Peak rises 1600 metres above the valley bottom and is always accentuated by snow and ice. Despite the fact that it is part of the Ball Range which forms the Continental Divide, Stanley Peak lies entirely in British Columbia. However there is an excellent viewpoint from the Bow Valley Parkway, just west of Castle Junction where it appears beyond Vermilion Pass. Stanley Peak is the hightest mountain that can be seen from Vermilion Pass.

Frederick Arthur Stanley was Canada?s Governor General from 1883 until 1893. During his term, he travelled widely throughout the country, visiting western Canada in 1889, shortly after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He gained a lasting appreciation of the west's great natural beauty as well as the people of Canada's First Nations and those who were establishing cities, ranches, and farmers. During his visit he dedicated Stanley Park, which is also named after him. He is probably best known as the person responsible for the Stanley Cup after his sons became avid players. The mountain was named in his honour by Edward Whymper after he completed the first ascent of the mountain in 1901.

Photo: Looking through Vermilion Pass to Stanley Peak from the northeast on the Bow Valley Parkway, 7.7 kilometres northwest of Castle Junction

Looking south-southeast to Stanley Peak from Panorama Ridge (courtesy Sonny Bou)