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Photo: Mount Denny from Lower Kananaskis Lakes on the Smith-Dorrien Road

Mount Denny

  • 3000 m (9,843ft)
  • Naming History
50.7886N -115.105W
Located west of upper Evan-Thomas Creek; 1.0 km north of Mount Potts

Range: Opal
Province: Alberta
Park: Kananaskis
Headwater: Bow
Visible from Highway: 40S, 742
Year Named: 1974
Named by: Glen Boles
Named for: Denny, Sir Cecil Edward (Cecil Denny served with the North West Mounted Police in the 1870's and 1880's.)

An outstanding little peak, Mount Denny features a distinctive double summit.

Mount Denny, together with nearby Mount Potts, were named in 1974 by Glen Boles in honour of the one hundredth anniversary of the arrival in Alberta of the Northwest Mounted Police.

Sir Cecil Denny was one of the original group of NWMP that marched from Dufferin, Mantioba to Fort Macleod in 1874. He describes the march and the early years of the Force in his book, "The March of the Mounties. He later became an Inspector with the Northwest Mounted Police and continued to serve until 1881. Later he worked with the Dept. of Indian Affairs until 1885 when he established a ranch in the Porcupine Hills west of Fort Macleod. In 1915 he wrote, "The Riders of the Plains." The peak was named during the centennial year of the NWMP.

Photo: Looking west to Mount Denny from Opal Ridge

Photo: Mount Denny from the west on Opal Ridge (courtesy Alan Kane)