Boom Mountain
2760m (9056ft.)

Located on the continental divide between Boom Lake and Chickadee Valley; north buttress of Vermilion Pass. on the border of Banff & Kootenay parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Bow & Kootenay rivers.
Latitude 51; 15; 05 Longitude 116; 04; 35, Topo map 82N/08
Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93S

Named in 1908. Boom Lake lies below the mountain. It was named after the driftwood, derived from avalanche debris, which looked like a lumberman''s boom. Official name.

First ascended in 1903 by Dominion Survey

Photo: Looking west to Boom Mountain from Highway #93(S)
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Photo: Boom Mountain from the south on Highway #93(S)

The Alpine Club of Canada''s annual camp at nearby Vermilion Pass in 1912. Following the camp, this account was written as to the naming of the lake, "Boom Lake is so called from the fact that near its eastern extremity an old moraine, at one time the bounding wall of the lake, now just touches the surface which has overflowed it. It spans the lake in a crescent, some distance from the eastern end, and intercepts the driftwood floating down the lake. The appearance created is that of a lumber boom, and hence the name." The logs are provided by avalanches that come down from the slopes of Boom Mountain at the eastern end of the lake.
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