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Mount Cartier

Mount Cartier
South aspect
Highest point
Elevation2,610 m (8,563 ft)[1]
Prominence630 m (2,067 ft)[1]
Parent peakAlbert Peak (3,045 m)[2]
Isolation14.31 km (8.89 mi)[1]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates50°54′47″N 118°03′26″W / 50.91306°N 118.05722°W / 50.91306; -118.05722[3]
EtymologyGeorge-Étienne Cartier
Mount Cartier is located in British Columbia
Mount Cartier
Mount Cartier
Location of Mount Cartier in British Columbia
Mount Cartier is located in Canada
Mount Cartier
Mount Cartier
Mount Cartier (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District
Parent rangeDuncan RangesSelkirk Mountains
Topo mapNTS 82L16 Revelstoke[3]
First ascent1896 by Topographical Survey[4]
Easiest routeTrail + Scrambling[5]

Mount Cartier is a 2,610-metre (8,563-foot) mountain summit located in British Columbia, Canada.[6]


Mount Cartier is part of the Duncan Ranges which is a subrange of the Selkirk Mountains. The peak is situated 13 km (8.1 mi) southeast of Revelstoke and 14.3 km (8.9 mi) east of Mount Begbie which is the nearest higher neighbor.[1] Nearby peaks include Mount Mackenzie 6.1 km (3.8 mi) to the north-northwest and Ghost Peak, 3.1 km (1.9 mi) northeast.[1] Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains west to Arrow Lakes which is a reservoir of the Columbia River. Mount Cartier is more notable for its steep rise above local terrain than for its absolute elevation as topographic relief is significant with the summit rising 2,174 meters (7,133 ft) above Upper Arrow Lake in 5 km (3.1 mi). From the lake, a 15-kilometer trail leads to a fire lookout and the upper slopes. The trail and lookout were constructed in the early 1920s, and while the lookout still stands, it hasn't been used for fire detection since the 1930s.[5] The mountain trail is also a helibiking destination with helicopters lifting mountain bikers to a helipad below the summit.[7]



The mountain is named after Sir George-Étienne Cartier (1814–1873), Prime Minister of Canada (1858–62). He was born at Antoine, Quebec; served as attorney general for Lower Canada (1856); and as joint Prime Minister with Sir John A. Macdonald. He was a strong advocate for Confederation and expansion in the west.[6] The mountain's toponym was officially adopted September 30, 1932, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada,[3] although this toponym had appeared in publications as early as 1887, if not earlier.[8]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Cartier is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[9] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. This climate supports a ski resort 5 km (3.1 mi) to the north.

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e "Mount Cartier, British Columbia". Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  2. ^ "Mount Cartier,". Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Cartier". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  4. ^ William Lowell Putnam, James Monroe Thorington (1963), A Climber's Guide to the Interior Ranges of British Columbia, American Alpine Club, p. 86
  5. ^ a b Alex Cooper, On lookout: The history of — and how to get to — Revelstoke’s fire lookouts (May 22, 2014), Revelstoke Review
  6. ^ a b "Mount Cartier". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  7. ^ Carolyn B. Heller (2016), Moon Vancouver & Canadian Rockies Road Trip, Avalon Publishing, ISBN 9781631213366
  8. ^ Sessional Papers Volume 7, (1887) p. 25
  9. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.
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