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Canada Province/Territory High Points

RankProvince/TerritoryPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.Yukon TerritoryMount Logan19,541Saint Elias Mountains31
2.British ColumbiaMount Fairweather15,325Saint Elias Mountains15
3.AlbertaMount Columbia12,274Canadian Rockies26
4.Northwest TerritoriesMount Nirvana9098Mackenzie Mountains7
5.NunavutBarbeau Peak8583Queen Elizabeth Islands11
6.NewfoundlandMount Caubvick5420Canadian Shield13
7.QuébecMont D'Iberville5419Canadian Shield12
8.SaskatchewanSaskatchewan High Point4567Great Plains37
9.ManitobaBaldy Mountain2726Great Plains30
10.New BrunswickMount Carleton2690Canadian Appalachians82
11.OntarioIshpatina Ridge2274Canadian Shield42
12.Nova ScotiaWhite Hill1749Canadian Appalachians13
13.Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island High Point459Canadian Appalachians49

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List Description

Canada is composed of 10 provinces and three territories (the territory of Nunavut was created in 1999). Quebec and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador essentially share a high point, so there are really only twelve summits to climb here, a relatively short list.

However, this is definitely one of the hardest lists to complete in the world, and far harder than the 50 U.S. state high points. Of the twelve peaks, five (high points of BC, NL/QC, NT, NU, YT) require serious week- or month-long expeditions to remote alpine environments where access is usually by airplane. And the climbing is often very technical rock, glaciers, or ice. A sixth, Mount Columbia (AB), is perhaps comparable to Mount Rainier in the USA. The lowest six are certainly easier, but even then two of them (ON, NS) are still long, hard days of hiking or bushwhacking on faint paths in remote wilderness woods.

As of mid-2019, only five people have been known to have reached all of these summits. Four are listed in this site's "FRL": Jack Bennett (of Arizona), his son Tom (GA), Len Vanderstar (B.C.), and Eric Gilbertson (WA). Darrell Ainscough, a Canadian climber (and not a member of this site) also finished this list. His completion peak was Mt. Fairweather on May, 29, 2018 and he is completer #4.

Links

     The Summits of Canada

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Not Won in a Day: Climbing Canada's Highpoints (Bennett)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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