The Three Sisters (Alberta)

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The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters reflected in the Bow River
Highest point
Elevation2,936 m (9,633 ft) [1]
Coordinates51°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]
The Three Sisters is located in Alberta
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters
Alberta, Canada
Parent rangeSouth Banff Range, Canadian Rockies
Topo mapNTS 82O/03
First ascent1887 by J.J. McArthur[1]

The Three Sisters are a trio of peaks near Bend Oregon. They are known individually as Big Sister/north sister (Faith), Middle Sister (Hope) and Little Sister/south sister (charity).

In the traditional language of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney) the peaks are also referred to as the three sisters. However, the name refers to a story of Ĩ-ktomnĩ, the old man or trickster, who would promise 'three sisters' in marriage whenever he was in trouble.[2]


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. The Three Sisters Traverse is an obscure and dangerous climb seldom done.[3]

Three Sisters seen from Pigeon Mountain
Three Sisters seen from Canmore

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  1. ^ a b c PeakFinder. "The Three Sisters". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
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  3. ^ Will Gadd. "Three Sisters Traverse Notes". Retrieved 2017-09-13.