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Photo: Looking southwest to Mount Howard Douglas from a few kilometres west of Vermilion Lakes Viewpoint

Mount Howard Douglas

  • 2820 m (9,252ft)
  • Naming History
51.0847N -115.730W
Located between Howard Douglas Creek and Healy Creek

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Visible from Highway: 1
Year Named: 1922
Named for: Douglas, Howard (Howard Douglas was the first Commissioner of National Parks, serving from 1908 until 1911.)

Howard Douglas (1850-1929) was named to honour the second superintendent of what was at the time, Rocky Mountain National Park, replacing George Stewart in 1896. He actively worked towards the enlarging of the park and was eventually successful in 1902 when the park was increased in size from 413 square kilometres to 11,400 square kilometres. Although Banff Park did not stay that large as a series of reductions were made until 1930, it was through this initial major expansion that a park of significant size was created.

Douglas was a real conservationist. He worked hard to eliminate illegal hunting and in 1909 appointed Howard Sibbald as the first game warden in the park.

He also played a major role in the building of a "paddock" in which examples of the almost extinct prairie bison were preserved. He later was involved in placing buffalo in Buffalo National Park near Wainwright and Elk Island National Park.

Photo: Looking southwest to Mount Howard Douglas from the Bow Valley Parkway

Looking east to Eagle Mountain (left) and Mount Howard Douglas from Monarch Ramparts