Exploring the Matterhorn of the Rockies: Mount Assiniboine

My first trip to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

By: Maddy Elrick
November 15, 2016

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I had always heard lots about Mount Assiniboine, how it stood tall at 11,870 feet and was often referred to as "The Matterhorn of the Rockies". I also knew that this impressive peak was surrounded by a beautiful Provincial Park, full of gorgeous hiking trails, unique mountains and various alpine lakes. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is tucked away in British Columbia only accessible by helicopter or a grueling 54km hike. When I first heard of this majestic location I knew that one day I would have to go there and experience it for myself. Than finally some friends and I waited for a good forecast and planned a camping trip there for the first week of October. They came from the lower mainland and drove ten hours through the night to meet me at the trail head in the morning. Two people from our group decided to fly in so we waved them goodbye as their helicopter flew above us. Most of the hike was flat and uneventful and it wasn't until the last few kilometers that the valley finally opened up. Just over seven hours later, we arrived at camp while the sun had begun to set. We quickly arranged camp, ate and went to bed exhausted and excited to catch sunrise the following morning. We woke up early grabbed some snacks and hiked over to Sunburst Lake. The lake was only a short walk away and when we arrived we were gifted with crisp winter reflections.

We hung out for a while and watched the alpine glow dance from peak to peak. The temperature was cool and the edges of lake were already starting to freeze. We spent the rest of the day soaking up the sunshine, playing music and relaxing our sore bodies.The afternoon passed and we decided to hike up to Nub Peak for sunset. Although I had seen many photos from this location, it still took my breathe away. We had an awesome evening sitting back and watching the sky change colours before fading away.


(photo cred Matthew Massa Instagram: thismattexists)

We caught another sunrise the following morning and before we knew it we were packing up and preparing to hike out. There is something so special about being in a place unusually breathtaking and remote. We only ran into a handful of people while camping and it was an unreal experience to enjoy these views all to ourselves. It was a trip full of gorgeous weather, good vibes and memories that will last a life time.

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