Mount Girouard

Coordinates: 51°14′10″N 115°24′11″W / 51.23611°N 115.40306°W / 51.23611; -115.40306
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Mount Girouard
Mount Inglismaldie (left) and Mount Girouard (right)
Highest point
Elevation2,995 m (9,826 ft)[1]
Prominence1,455 m (4,774 ft)[2]
ListingMountains of Alberta
Coordinates51°14′10″N 115°24′11″W / 51.23611°N 115.40306°W / 51.23611; -115.40306[3]
Mount Girouard is located in Alberta
Mount Girouard
Mount Girouard
Location in Alberta
Protected areaBanff National Park
Parent rangeFairholme Range
Topo mapNTS 82O3 Canmore[3]
First ascent1938 by E.E. Bishop and D.R. Crosby[1][2]
Easiest routerock climb
Lake Minnewanka and Mount Girouard

Mount Girouard is the highest peak of the Fairholme Range in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Mt. Girouard is located in the Bow River valley south of Lake Minnewanka.

The mountain was named in 1904 after Sir Édouard Girouard, a railway builder in Africa during the rule of the British Empire.[1][2]


Mount Girouard is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Precambrian to Jurassic periods. Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.[4]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Girouard is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[5] Temperatures can drop below −20 °C (−4 °F) with wind chill factors below −30 °C (−22 °F). Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into the Bow River.

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  1. ^ a b c "Mount Girouard". Retrieved 2004-09-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Mount Girouard". Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  3. ^ a b "Mount Girouard". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  4. ^ Gadd, Ben (2008), Geology of the Rocky Mountains and Columbias
  5. ^ 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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