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Mount Watson
Elizabeth Lake with Mount Watson.jpg
Mount Watson upper left
Highest point
Elevation 2,955 m (9,695 ft)
Prominence 165 m (541 ft)
Parent peak The Marshall (3180  m)
Geography
Location Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82J13
Geology
Age of rock Cambrian
Type of rock sedimentary rock
Climbing
Easiest route Scrambling

Mount Watson is a 2,955-metre (9,695-foot) mountain summit located in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. Its nearest higher peak is The Marshall, 2.0 km (1.2 mi) to the southeast.

History

The mountain was named in 1924 after Sir David Watson (1871-1922), commander of the 4th Canadian Division during World War II. The mountain's name was officially adopted on March 31, 1924 when approved by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Geology

Mount Watson is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Cambrian period. Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Watson is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. Precipitation runoff from Mount Watson drains into tributaries of the Mitchell River.

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