Mount McDougall
2700m (8859ft.)

Located in the Kananaskis River Valley opposite Mount Kidd at the head of Wasootch Creek. Fisher Range, Kananaskis Park, Alberta
Latitude 50; 53; 55 Longitude 115; 03; 20, Topo map 82J/14

Panorama viewpoint: Harvie Heights. Can be seen from Highways 1 and 40S

Named by George M. Dawson in 1884. McDougall, Reverend George M. (Rev. McDougall was a missionary who worked with the Stoney Indians in the late 1800's.) Official name.

First ascended in 1952 by ACC Party

Photo: Mount McDougall from Highway #40 just south of Wedge Lake

Other Information
Photo: Looking southeast through Skogan Pass to Mount McDougall from Highway #1, just west of the Banff Park Gate

Mount McDougall lies on the eastern side of Highway #40 in the Kananaskis Valley opposite Mount Kidd. It was named after Reverend George McDougall and his sons Rev. John and David.

George McDougall was a Methodist missionary stationed at Fort Victoria near Edmonton when he travelled to the Bow Valley to visit the Stoney Indians in 1864. He returned determined to establish a mission at Morley but it was not until the fall of 1873 that his sons began living amongst the Stoneys. Reverend John built a mission which quickly developed into a village of five hundred people with a school and an orphanage. David McDougall established a trading post at Ghost River. As well, the McDougalls brought with them twelve head of cattle, eleven cows and a bull, which were the first breeding herd in what is now the ranching country of southwestern Alberta.

From the beginning the Stoneys loved and trusted the McDougalls and it was a sad day when Reverend George lost his life in a blizzard while on a late autumn buffalo hunt in 1876. His son continued his religious work amongst the Stoneys for twenty-five years.

Cecil Denny (see Mount Denny), who was with the NWMP at the time, described the incident in his book "March of the Mounties." -"Toward the end of the bitter winter of 1875-1876, the Reverend George McDougall, with his sons John and David, came down from Morley to secure a suppy of buffalo meat and camped on Nose Creek north of Fort Calgary. The minister left camp alone one morning to hunt. A blizzard came up during the day and he never returned. The police searched for several days and picked up the horse, but it was a week before the body was recovered. The minister had let his mount go, wandered round on foot and succumbed to the intense cold. This was the first death at Calgary since the arrival of the police and it cast a shadow over the New Year."

On August 14, 1941 an Avro Anson twin-engined training aircraft from No. 3 Service Flying Training School was engaged in an instrument flying instruction flight when it became trapped in Canyon Creek and crashed into the east side of Mount McDougall. LAC Frederick William Greenfield of Madison, Saskatchewan and F/O Ian Macdonnell Sutherland-Brown of Victoria, B.C. were killed. Another airman, LAC McGruther survived the accident and was rescued by ground forces made up of RCAF personnel and civilians. Doug Boyd of #10 Repair Depot assisted in the recovery of the aircraft and wrote, "The CO of the flying school said that the Anson would have to stay in the bush, but our C/O bet him a bottle of scotch that ‘his boys’ could get it out and won. I hope he got a good hangover out of it as it was no picnic getting the wreck down the mountain." The salvagers had to trek thirty miles in from their base camp to reach the site. (from "RCAF at War" by Larry Milberry (page 146); includes photos).

In June, 1990, a memorial was erected on the Powderface Trail in Kananaskis Country. The plaque reads as follows,

"ON AUGUST 14, 1941 AN AVRO ANSON TRAINING AIRCRAFT FROM No. 3 SERVICE FLYING TRAINING SCHOOL CALGARY CRASHED ON MOUNT McDOUGALL, ABOUT 10 KM WEST OF THIS SITE. THE LIVES OF FLYING OFFICER I.M. SUTHERLAND-BROWN AND LEADING AIRCRAFTSMAN F.W. GREENFIELD WERE LOST. LEADING AIRCRAFTSMAN A.M.R. McGRUTHER WAS INJURED BUT SURVIVED THE ACCIDENT. THE DEDICATION CEREMONY WAS HELD NOVEMBER 10, 1989. THIS PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED BY SQUADRON LEADER A.M.R. (SANDY) McGRUTHER."

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