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Looking southeast to Mount Techumseh (left) and Phillipps Peak from Mount Erickson (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Mount Tecumseh

  • 2549 m (8,363ft)
49.6653N -114.646W
Located in the Crowsnest River and Allison Creek Valleys immediately east of continental divide northeast of Mount Phillips

Range: High Rock
Province: Alberta
Headwater: Oldman
Major Valley: Crowsnest
Visible from Highway: 3

The high mountain to the north of Crowsnest Pass has had a complex history in terms of its name. It was originally called Mount Wilson but the members of the Boundary Survey had the name changed to avoid confusion with the Mount Wilson next to the North Saskatchewan River near the Icefields Parkway. The mountain was also known locally as "The Sleeping Giant," as its profile was thought to resemble one. For a period of time it was known by this name as well Phillipps Peak and was also called Mount Tecumseh. In 1960 the name Tecumseh was confirmed but the westerly, and slightly lower high point on the mountain was named Phillipps Peak. Tecumseh, which means "Shooting Star," was a Shawnee Indian brave who was made a brigadier general and led his warriors to fight alongside Sir Isaac Brock against the American invaders in the War of 1812. It is unusual for a mountain in western Canada to be named after events in eastern Canada which took place almost one hundred years prior to settlement here. It is likely that the mountain was named after another place or person which had previously been named after the Indian who fought with Brock.

Photo: Phillipps Peak (left) and Mount Tecumseh (right) from Highway #3

Photo: Phillipps Peak (left) and Mount Tecumseh (right) from Highway #3

Phillipps Peak (left) and Mount Tecumseh (right) from Highway #3