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Lady Macdonald
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Mount Lady Macdonald from Grotto Mountain (minor summit), October 2009
Highest point
Elevation 2,606 m (8,550 ft)
Prominence 75 m (246 ft)
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Fairholme Range
Topo map NTS 82O/03
First ascent 1886 by J.J. McArthur
Easiest route Scramble (difficult)
Mount Lady McDonald
Mount Lady McDonald
Mount Charles Stewart
Mount Lady McDonald (right) seen with Mount Charles Stewart (left)

Mount Lady Macdonald is a mountain located within Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park in the Bow River valley at the Town of Canmore, Alberta, which is located just east of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

The mountain was named in 1886 after Susan Agnes Macdonald, wife of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. The Macdonalds travelled on the new national railway through the Canadian Rockies in 1886 on their way to Vancouver.

Hikers may hike a trail that begins in Cougar Creek and continues to a helipad just short of the knife's edge ridge that leads to the top of the mountain.


It is composed of sedimentary rock laid down from 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.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, it is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below -20 C with wind chill factors below -30 C. Weather conditions during summer months are optimum for climbing.

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