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White Pyramid
Mount Chephren and White Pyramid.jpg
White Pyramid (right) and Mount Chephren (left) seen from north along the Icefields Parkway
Highest point
Elevation 3,219 m (10,561 ft)
Prominence 236 m (774 ft)
Parent peak Howse Peak (3295 m)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Location Banff National Park
Alberta, Canada
Parent range Waputik Mountains
Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82N15
Age of rock Cambrian
Type of rock Sedimentary
First ascent 1939 Katie Gardiner, Edward Feuz Jr. (guide)

White Pyramid is a 3,219 metres (10,561 ft) mountain summit located between the Howse River valley and Mistaya River valley of Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Its nearest higher peak is Howse Peak, 3.00 km (1.86 mi) to the south. White Pyramid is visible from the Icefields Parkway in the vicinity of Waterfowl Lakes.


It was named in 1901 by J. Norman Collie to distinguish it from Mount Chephren, which back then was named Pyramid Mountain. The two peaks are nearly the same in height, and separated by only one kilometre. However, White Pyramid has a glacier on its north aspect, which Chephren does not.

The first ascent of White Pyramid was made in 1939 by Kate (Katie) Gardiner and guide Edward Feuz Jr. The climbing duo made many first ascents in the Canadian Rockies during the 1930s.

The mountain's name was made official in 1961 when approved by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.


Like other mountains in Banff Park, White Pyramid 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.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, White Pyramid 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. Precipitation runoff from White Pyramid drains into the Mistaya River and Howse River which are both tributaries of the North Saskatchewan River.

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