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Photo: Mount Bowlen from Moraine Lake

Mount Bowlen

  • 3072 m (10,079ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
  • Hiking and Trails
51.3014N -116.189W
Located on the continental divide in the Valley of the Ten Peaks; Mount Bowlen (#3) looms above the visitor from the south end of Moraine Lake.

Range: Ten Peaks
Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Banff/Kootenay
Headwater: Bow/Kootenay
Visible from Highway: 1
Ascent Date: 1901
Ascent Party: G.T. Little, Charles Thompson, G.M. Weed
Ascent Guide: Hans Kaufmann
Year Named: 1953
Named for: Bowlen, Dr. James J. (Hon. J.J. Bowlen was Alberta's Lieutenant-Governor during the 1950's.)
Popular Hike: Lakes Louise/Moraine/O'Hara
Journal Reference: AAJ 1-47, App 10-92

An ice-filled gully known to mountaineers as the 3-3.5 couloir lies between Mount Bowlen and Tonsa. In the past it was used by climbers to access the Neil Colgan Alpine Club Hut. After some accidents on this route it is not longer recommended.

Born in Prince Edward Island, John James Bowlen (1876-1959) farmed is Saskatchewan and Alberta prior to being elected to the Alberta legislature in 1930. After serving his Calgary constituancy for 14 years, he was appinted Lieutenant Governor, serving in that position from 1950 until his death in 1959.

Photo: Mount Bowlen (left), Tonsa, and Mount Perren from Moraine Lake (courtesy Bennett Wong)

(l-r) Mount Bowlen, Tonsa, Mount Perren, and Mount Allen from the shores of Moraine Lake

(l-r) Mount Little, Mount Bowlen, Tonsa, Mount Perren, Mount Allen, and Mount Tuzo from the Bow Valley Parkway

(l-r) Mount Little, Mount Bowlen, and Tonsa from the Bow Valley Parkway

Mount Little (left) and Mount Bowlen from the Bow Valley Parkway

Looking north to Mount Bowlen (left) and Mount Little from above the Fay Hut (courtesy Marta Wojnarowska)