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Photo: Looking south-southwest to Mount Joffre beyond Mount Sarrail (left) from Highway #40, just north of the junction with Kananaskis Lakes Trail

Mount Joffre

  • 3450 m (11,319ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
50.5281N -115.207W
Located on the continental divide at the head of Petain and Mangin Glaciers; northeast buttress of Sylvan Pass

Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Kananaskis/Elk Lakes
Headwater: Bow/Kootenay
Visible from Highway: 40S
Ascent Date: 1919
Ascent Party: J.W.A. Hickson
Ascent Guide: Edward Feuz jr.
Year Named: 1918
Named for: Joffre, Marshal Joseph Jaques Cesaire (Marshall Joffre was appointed Commander-in-Chief of all French armies from December 1915 until December 1916.) WW I

Mountain enthusiasts should be sure to stop on Highway #40, two kilometre north of the junction with the Kananaskis Lakes Trail for a distant view of Mount Joffre. The mountain is only visible for a very limited distance between the slopes of Mount SarrailMount IndefatigableMount AssiniboineArthur Wheeler wrote, "Mount Joffre is the supreme massif of the region: it rises to an elevation of 11,316 feet above sea-level and has been so named by the Commission in honour of the great Field Marshal of France. Seen from the north and west it appears an isolated snow-peak and is surrounded on three sides, north, east, and southeast by icefields and glaciers: towards the west it presents towering rock precipices. It dominates the wild, glacial amphitheatre to the east of it in which the Elk River has its farthest source and the outflow from the many glaciers surrounding the amphitheatre furnish the waters of that stream."

General Marshall Joseph Joffre was credited with the French victory at the Battle of the Marne which halted the German advances at the beginning of the First World War. He was later made Commander-in-Chief of the French Army.

Evidence of the mountains significance is the fact that J.W.A. Hickson, a well-known early climber in the Canadian Rockies and guide Edward Feuz jr. journeyed this far south to complete the first ascent in 1919.

Looking west to Mount Joffre

Photo: Looking south to Mount Joffre from near Aster Lake (courtesy Rienk Lakeman)

Looking south to Mount Joffre (courtesy Bennett Wong)

Looking south to Mount Joffre from Mount Chester (courtesy Rob Taerum)

Looking south to the summit block of Mount Joffre (courtesy Drew Nugara)

Looking south-southeast to Mount Joffre (left) and Mount Mangin (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking south-southeast to Mount Joffre (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking south to Mount Joffre from Mount Bogart (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking south-southwest to Mount Joffre beyond Mount Sarrail (left) from Highway #40, just north of the junction with Kananaskis Lakes Trail