Fairview Mountain
2744m (9003ft.)

Located in the Bow River Valley 1 km south of Lake Louise. Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 24; 00 Longitude 116; 13; 20, Topo map 82N/08

Panorama viewpoint: Castle Junction; Chateau Lake Louise; Upper Bow Valley. Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93N

Named by Walter D. Wilcox in 1894. The name describes the view from the summit. Official name. Other names Goat Mountain

First ascended in 1893 by Samuel E.S. Allen, Walter D. WilcoxJournal reference AJ 18-104, APP 8-128.

Photo: Looking south-southwest to Fairview Mountain (Mount Aberdeen at right) from the Trans-Canada Highway at the junction with the Icefields Parkway
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Photo: Looking west to Saddle Mountain, Fairview Mountain and Mount Whyte (beyond) from the Bow Valley Parkway at the Morant Curve Viewpoint

The smoothly contoured Fairview Mountain was a favourite of the early mountaineers who often used it as a "warm-up" for their more serious climbs. A broad, vertical stripe of snow may be seen in the early summer and this would have made it very distinctive as they approached Castle Mountain on their way to Laggan (as Lake Louise Station was known at the time). In his book "The Glittering Mountains of Canada," J. Monroe Thorington, one of these early mountaineers wrote, "When the train had passed the square-topped tower of Pilot Mountain, it was always Fairview that we looked for. We learned to recognize its outlines far away; long before Storm Mountain and the wooded saddle of Vermilion Pass were near; long before the opening of the Valley of the Ten Peaks drew our eyes to the towering heights of Deltaform and Neptuak and Temple. Perhaps it was only because we knew the little mountain so well; but little heights always affect the mountain-lover in such fashion. A small peak as a rule is the best view-point because there is still something left to look up to... And so it is with Fairview. Year after year we have come back to it; perhaps as a convenient training walk, but more likely on account of the sheer beauty with which it is surrounded."

Dr. Charles D. Walcott, a geologist who visited the Canadian Rockies in the early 1900's wrote that the view from the top was, "worth a journey across the continent to see."

For a panoramic view from the summit of Fairview Mountain visit www.canadasmountains.com.

Scrambling Routes
Largely a hike via Saddleback. Mount Fairview provides a terrific view of Mount Victoria, Victoria Glacier and Bow Valley. The ascent has been a popular addition to a favourite Lake Louise hike for decades. Adjacent Saddle Mountain (2434 m) can be ascended with minimal extra effort. If, while in Lake Louise, your time and energy are limited, this trip probably makes the best use of those precious resources. Try from mid-June on. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 239

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