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Photo: Looking west-southwest to Mount MacLaren from the Highwood Valley

Mount MacLaren

  • 2850 m (9,350ft)
  • Naming History
50.3583N -114.790W
Located on the continental divide south of Carnarvon Creek; south buttress of Gunsight Pass

Range: High Rock
Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Kananaskis
Headwater: Bow/Kootenay
Major Valley: Highwood
Visible from Highway: 40S, 541
Year Named: 1918
Named for: MacLaren, Charles H. C.M.G. D.S.O. (Brigadier General MacLaren commanded a brigade of Canadian artillery during WW I.)

Mount MacLaren is a complex peak with four individual summits, three of which lie on the Continental Divide and a fourth that is entirely in British Columbia.

The col between Mount MacLaren and its neighbour to the north, Mount Strachan, is known as Gunsight Pass.

Brigadeer-General Charles H. MacLaren graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1905 and went on to command a brigade of Canadian artillery during the First World War.

Looking south-southwest to Mount Maclaren from Highway #40

Photo: Looking west-southwest to Mount MacLaren from the Highwood Valley

Photo: Mount MacLaren from the south on the summit of Mount Armstrong (courtesy Rienk Lakeman)