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Photo: Heart Mountain from near Lac des Arcs

Heart Mountain

  • 2042 m (6,700ft)
  • Naming History
51.0408N -115.136W
Located in the Bow River Valley east of Heart Creek and opposite Exshaw

Province: Alberta
Park: Kananaskis
Headwater: Bow
Major Valley: Bow
Visible from Highway: 1
Year Named: 1957
Named for: There is a heart-shaped exposure of a thick layer of limestone at the summit of this peak.

Heart Mountain is an eye-catching little peak, particularly when seen while eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway.

There is a heart-shaped exposure of a thick layer of limestone on the summit of this low peak when it is viewed from the Bow Valley near Lac des Arcs.

The thick limestone layer that forms the heart is the Loomis Formation. The geology in this mountain is pretty complex and involves a number of different faults, one of which is overturned.

*A hiking route to the summit is described in Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide.

Photo: Looking south to Heart Mountain from Highway #1