St. Nicholas Peak
2970m (9745ft.)

Located on the eastern edge of the Wapta Icefield. Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 37; 30 Longitude 116; 28; 10, Topo map 82N/09

Panorama viewpoint: Bow Lake. Can be seen from Highway 93N

Named by Arthur O. Wheeler in 1916. Arthur Wheeler, while surveying the Alberta-British Columbia Boundary, through the icefield thought that a particular gendarme on the mountain resembled Santa Claus. Official name.

First ascended in 1930 by J. Monroe Thorington, guided by Peter Kaufmann.

Photo: St. Nicholas Peak from the north on the Wapta Icefield (courtesy www.canadasmountains.com)
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Photo: Looking to St. Nicholas Peak (left) and Mount Olive (courtesy Marta Wojnarowska)

Although not a high mountain, St. Nicholas Peak is quite prominent from the Icefield Parkway in the vicinity of Num-te-jah Lodge. A sharp spire, with steep cliffs to the north and east, the mountain lies on the eastern edge of the Wapta Icefield.

The Boundary Report refers to St. Nicholas Peak as, "a somewhat remarkable peak. . .owing to an outstanding gendarme of rock that closely resembles the patron saint of Christmas time has been named St. Nichlas Peak."

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