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Central Main Ranges

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointMount Columbia (3741 m/12,274 ft)
CountriesCanada
States/ProvincesBritish Columbia (72%), Alberta (28%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area14,271 sq km / 5,510 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent202 km / 126 mi North-South
219 km / 136 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long52° 7' N; 117° 51' W
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Map of Central Main Ranges
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Central Main Ranges.
Canadian RockiesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Northern Continental RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Main RangesLevel 4
                 Selwyn RangeLevel 5 (Child)
                 South Jasper RangesLevel 5 (Child)
                 North IcefieldsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Clemenceau IcefieldLevel 5 (Child)
                 Columbia Icefield AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central IcefieldsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southwest Central Park RangesLevel 5 (Child)
                 Freshfield IcefieldLevel 5 (Child)
                 Waputik MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
         Central Front RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Continental RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Central Main Ranges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange5
1.Mount Columbia374112,274Columbia Icefield Area
2.North Twin373312,247Columbia Icefield Area
3.Mount Clemenceau366412,021Clemenceau Icefield
4.Twins Tower362711,900Columbia Icefield Area
5.Mount Forbes361711,867Central Icefields
6.Mount Alberta3600+11,811+Columbia Icefield Area
7.South Twin358111,749Columbia Icefield Area
8.Mount Bryce350011,483Columbia Icefield Area
9.Snow Dome3500+11,483+Columbia Icefield Area
10.Mount Lyell349811,476Central Icefields
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange5
1.Mount Columbia374112,274Columbia Icefield Area
2.Mount Clemenceau366412,021Clemenceau Icefield
3.Mount Forbes361711,867Central Icefields
4.Mount Edith Cavell336311,033South Jasper Ranges
5.Mount Fryatt336111,027North Icefields
6.Mount Barnard334010,958Freshfield Icefield
7.Howse Peak329510,810Waputik Mountains
8.Jeanette Peak308910,135Selwyn Range
9.Mount King28689409Southwest Central Park Ranges



Photos of Peaks in the Central Main Ranges

Mount Columbia
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The summit pyramid of Mount Columbia rises from the relatively flat expanse of a lobe of its namesake icefield (2012-04-08).
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Snow Dome
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Lupe near summit of Wilcox Pass, Alberta, Canada. Snow Dome (left center 11,483 ft.) and Mt. Kitchener (right 11,417 ft.) visible in the background (2013-07-31). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Mount Athabasca

Mount Athabasca and the Columbia Icefield are barely visible through the clouds in this view from Mount Wilcox (1992-08-07).
Mount Edith Cavell
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West Ridge of Mount Edith Cavell (1994-08-11). Photo by Tim Hagan.
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Mount Saskatchewan
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Lupe near Nigel Pass. Mt. Saskatchewan in the distance (2014-07-31). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Mount Chephren
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Scrambling in the upper portion of Mount Chephren, one of the best and toughest alpine scrambles in the Canadian Rockies. A rope would have come in handy on several occasions.(Climb taken in 1998) (1998-08-25). Photo by Jan Triska.
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The Vice President
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Lupe at the high point of the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. Mt. McArthur (left center) and Isolated Peak (right center) in the distance (2014-07-26). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Mount McArthur
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Lupe at the high point of the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. Mt. McArthur (left center) and Isolated Peak (right center) in the distance (2014-07-26). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Isolated Peak
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Lupe at the high point of the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. Mt. McArthur (left center) and Isolated Peak (right center) in the distance (2014-07-26). Photo by Lupe Lunde.
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Pulpit Peak
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Mount Hector, viewed from the wintry slopes of Pulpit Peak (2011-12-30). Photo by Jan Triska.
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