Protection Mountain
2850m (9350ft.)

Located in the Bow River Valley east of Baker Creek; northwest of Castle Mountain. Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 22; 45 Longitude 116; 00; 50, Topo map 82N/08
Can be seen from Highway 1

Named by James F. Porter in 1911. The mountain is said to separate or protect an unusually beautiful valley from the Bow and Baker Creek Valleys. Until 1983 the name was only applied to the NW extremity of the feature. Official name.

Photo: Looking east to Protection Mountain from the Moraine Lake Road
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Photo: Looking east to Protection Mountain from the Trans-Canada Highway

This eleven kilometre long feature "protects" a beautiful area known as Wonder Valley that lies to the north of the mountain.

In a letter to Arthur O. Wheeler dated September 9, 1911, James Porter wrote, "South of Baker Creek is an unusually beautiful valley, shut off by a very precipitous mountain which we called Mount Protection and the valley itself, Wonder Valley from its unusual beauty. The lake at the head of the valley we called Lake Mitella and the two mountains on the east Mount Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla Mountain) and Mount Avens."

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