The BC Rockies region offers breathe taking scenery and world famous
mountaineering. Found in the Purcell Mountains is one such area, known as Bugaboo
Provincial Park. Some 70 million years ago, long after the Purchells were formed,
molten rock welled up and created intrusions within the old metamorphic rocks. Millions
of years of wind, water and glacial erosion removed the softer rocks, leaving sculptured,
solid granite masses. These are the Bugaboos.
The Bugaboos are famous and have
world class mountaineering. Celebrated mountaineer and guide, Conrad Kain, was the
first person to alert the world to the Bugaboos and their recreational mountaineering
possibilities. Since his first visit, in 1910, many notable climbers have visited
the Bugaboos to climb and map the challenging icefield, glaciers and mountain peaks.
only mountain in the Bugaboos that does not tower more than 2500 metres (8200 ft.)
is Frenchman Mountain. All the rest of the peaks are higher. The tallest summit is
the Howser Spire, North Tower at 3398 metres (11,150 ft.). Climbing here is for experienced
and knowledgable climbers. Today's free climbing techniques enable climbers to make
faster ascents, thus reducing their being exposed to the many lightning storms.
Bugaboo Glacier Provincial Park and Bugaboo Alpine Recreation Area were set aside
in 1969, to preserve and protect this unique part of BC. In 1995, the park and part
of the recreation area became Bugaboo Provincial Park. In 1972 the Alpine Club of
Canada built the Conrad Kain Hut, which the Parks Division maintains. It is used as
a base for climbers and to reduce visitor impact on the fragile ecosystem. A good
gravel road, off Highway 95, at Brisco leads to Bugaboo Provincial Park. However,
trails and helicopters are the only way into the heart of the park and mountaineering.
Mount Assiniboine, is called the "Matterhorn
of the Rockies," because of its striking resemblance to the Matterhorn in Switzerland.
It is a very impressive mountain and visible from both Banff
and Kootenay National Parks. There
are no direct roads into Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Hike, ski or helicopter
into the park.
The main focus of Assiniboine Provincial Park is Mount Assiniboine.
It towers over the area at a height of 3618 metres (11,867 ft.), but no point in the
park is below 1500 metres (4900 ft.). Mount Assiniboine first scaled in 1901, beckons
to climbers from all over the world. Only knowledgable and experienced mountaineers
should attempt this climb. Hikers and skiers use this year round playground that has
miles of good trails, six lakes, abundant wildlife and spectacular remote wilderness.
Yoho National Park is probably the most magnificent park
in British Columbia. It is famed for all its outdoor activities, such as mountain
climbing, back country hiking, boating, fishing, riding, photography, nature studies,
and skiing. Yoho is also renowned for its nature and wild beauty such as the waterfalls,
lakes, hoodoos and the awe inspiring mountains throughout the park.
Canada Highway that cuts through Yoho Park makes most of the park very accessible.
Situated between the Alberta border and the town of Golden in British Columbia, Yoho
is open all year long because of the diverse activities the park offers.
its many hiking trails and back country camping spots, Yoho, is an ideal area for
mountaineering. Mountaineering is based in Little Yoho and Waterfall Valleys. Mountain
climbing in Yoho is for experienced mountaineers with summits ranging from 2500 metres
(8200 feet) to more than 3500 metres (11,480 ft.). The smallest peak is Mt. Dennis
at 2541 metres (8334 ft.). Mt. Goodsir, the highest summit in the park, is 3562 metres
(11,683 ft.) in height. Between are other mountains that offer excellent climbing
such as The President, the Vice President, Mount Chancellor, Mount Vaux, Mount Stephen,
and Mount Burgess.