For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Serendipity Spire.

Serendipity Spire

Serendipity Spire
East aspect, to the right
Highest point
Elevation2,857 m (9,373 ft)[1][2]
Prominence747 m (2,451 ft)[3]
Isolation4.02 km (2.50 mi)[3]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates51°44′41″N 118°00′55″W / 51.74472°N 118.01528°W / 51.74472; -118.01528[4]
Serendipity Spire is located in British Columbia
Serendipity Spire
Serendipity Spire
Location of Serendipity Spire in British Columbia
Serendipity Spire is located in Canada
Serendipity Spire
Serendipity Spire
Serendipity Spire (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District[5]
Parent rangeSelkirk Mountains[2]
Topo mapNTS 82M9 Goldstream River[4]

Serendipity Spire is a 2,857-metre (9,373-foot) mountain in British Columbia, Canada.


Serendipity Spire is located 88 km (55 mi) northwest of Golden in the Selkirk Mountains.[4][5] Serendipity Spire is surrounded by glaciers, the largest of which is the OK Glacier to the northwest. Precipitation runoff and glacial meltwater from the peak's slopes drains into tributaries of the Columbia River. Topographic relief is significant as the summit rises 1,457 metres (4,780 ft) above Austerity Creek in approximately 2 km (1.2 mi). The peak was so named by American mountaineer William Lowell Putnam III "...because the mountain was inspiring to look at," which was a Putnam malapropism since serendipity is finding something valuable or agreeable, that hadn't been sought.[5] The mountain's toponym was officially adopted on January 23, 1973, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[4]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Serendipity Spire is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[6] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. This climate supports several glaciers surrounding the peak.

See also


  1. ^ Glen W. Boles, William Lowell Putnam, Roger W. Laurilla (2006), "Canadian Mountain Place Names", Rocky Mountain Books, ISBN 9781894765794, p. 224.
  2. ^ a b "Serendipity Spire". Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  3. ^ a b "Serendipity Spire,". Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  4. ^ a b c d "Serendipity Spire". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  5. ^ a b c "Serendipity Spire". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  6. ^ 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.
{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Serendipity Spire
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!

Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.


Get ready for Wikiwand 2.0 🎉! the new version arrives on September 1st! Don't want to wait?