Watchman Peak
3009m (9872ft.)

Located on the continental divide at the headwaters of the Castleguard River; southwest buttress of Thompson Pass. Banff Park, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Saskatchewan & Columbia rivers.
Latitude 52; 02; 30 Longitude 117; 13; 50, Topo map 83C/03


Named by James Outram in 1902. The mountain was named by James Outram because he felt that it struck him as sentinel-like as he ascended the valley towards Thompson Pass. Official name.

First ascended in 1918 by Interprovincial Boundary Commission


Other Information

Of his naming of the mountain, James Outram wrote, "We emerged (from the forest) upon the shores of a delightful lake; a splendid, rocky pinnacle, which I called Watchman Peak, towers like a sentinel 4000 feet above the vivid, blue-green waters, which are fringed on three sides by firs and pines."

The Watchtower in the Maligne Lake Valley of Jasper National Park, Watch Tower in the Cataract Brook Valley of Yoho National Park, and Watchman Peak near Thompson Pass are sometimes confused.

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