Photo: Looking east to Chancellor Peak from Highway #1
- 3280 m (10,762ft)
- First Ascent
- Naming History
Located in the Kickinghorse Valley east of Beaverfoot River and south of the head of Hoodoo Creek
Major Valley: Kicking Horse
Visible from Highway: 1
Ascent Party: James Outram, J.H. Scattergood, G.M. Weed
Ascent Guide: Christian Hasler sr.
Named for: Boyd, Sir John Boyd (Chancellor of Ontario) (In 1886 Sir John Boyd arbitrated a dispute between the CPR and the Canadian Government regarding certain mineral rights.)
The steep, west face of Chancellor Peak is most impressive, looming over 6500 feet (2000 metres) above the Kicking Horse Valley. It appears suddenly as one travels east on Highway #1 and its presence makes it clear that the big peaks of the Canadian Rockies have been reached. Of this view, James Outram wrote, "The Chancellor, that mighty pyramid from whose frowning precipices, black and forbidding, loom aloft nigh upon 7,000 feet above the Kicking Horse River cannot fail to impress the traveller with a sense of awe and grandeur, as he approaches eastward from the grim gateway of the lower canyon."