Three Sisters (Alberta)

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Three Sisters
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The Three Sisters reflected in the Bow River
Elevation 2,936 m (9,633 ft)[1]
Location
Three Sisters is located in Alberta
Three Sisters
Three Sisters
Alberta, Canada
Range South Banff Range, Canadian Rockies
Coordinates 51°00′50″N 115°21′00″W / 51.01389°N 115.35000°W / 51.01389; -115.35000Coordinates: 51°00′50″N 115°21′00″W / 51.01389°N 115.35000°W / 51.01389; -115.35000[1]
Topo map NTS 82O/03
Climbing
First ascent 1887 by J.J. McArthur[1]

The Three Sisters are a trio of peaks near Canmore, Alberta, Canada. They are known individually as Big Sister (Faith), Middle Sister (Charity) and Little Sister (Hope).[2]

It was Albert Rogers, a nephew of Major Rogers, the discoverer of Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains, who named the three peaks in 1883. He recalled, "There had been quite a heavy snowstorm in the night, and when we got up in the morning and looked out of the tent I noticed each of the three peaks had a heavy veil of snow on the north side and I said to the boys, 'Look at the Three Nuns.' They were called the Three Nuns for quite a while but later were called the 'Three Sisters,' more Protestant like I suppose." The name "Three Sisters" first appeared on Dr. George Dawson's map of 1886 and it is quite likely he who thought that the name Three Sisters would be more appropriate. The myth also refers to three nuns going for a walk one day and the three nuns never returned, also a reason why the peeks are called the Three Sisters.

Peaks[edit]

Peak metres feet Coordinates First Ascent
Big Sister (Faith) 2,936 9,632 51°00′50″N 115°21′00″W / 51.01389°N 115.35000°W / 51.01389; -115.35000 (Big Sister) 1887
Middle Sister (Charity) 2,769 9,084 51°01′00″N 115°20′00″W / 51.01667°N 115.33333°W / 51.01667; -115.33333 (Middle Sister) 1921
Little Sister (Hope) 2,694 8,840 51°01′30″N 115°20′00″W / 51.02500°N 115.33333°W / 51.02500; -115.33333 (Little Sister) 1925

Big Sister is a moderate scramble on southwestern slopes while Middle Sister is an easy scramble from Stewart Creek. Little Sister is a more difficult ascent requiring technical climbing skills.

Three Sisters seen from Pigeon Mountain
Three Sisters seen from Canmore

External links[edit]

Media related to Three Sisters (Alberta) at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c PeakFinder. "The Three Sisters". Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  2. ^ Tourism Canmore and Kananaskis. "About Canmore and Kananaskis". Retrieved 2012-01-01.