Something special happens when you reach the highest point in a city, province or country that attracts you (and raises you up). Whether you are a collector of the summits, looking for a national list of places to visit in your life, or a bit of information seeking to expand your knowledge, this list of the highest points in each province and territory Canada will make you think about the ones you would like to climb. Good climb.
Unnamed Butte, Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is not only the smallest province in Canada, it also ranks last in terms of maximum elevation. At only 142 meters, the highlight of the province is located in the field of a farm near Glen Valley, and it is definitely not a mountain. A relatively short hike will take you to its summit and no climbing equipment is needed.
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Hill White, Nova Scotia
Then comes the highest peak in Nova Scotia, Hill Hill, which is 532 meters high. This summit (ok, let’s call it a bump) is located in the famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Although the altitude is not so impressive, Hill Hill is very secluded and the hiking trails are not maintained. People climb it, but this requires a little planning and a trip into the wilderness to get there.
Ishpatina Ridge, Ontario
Ishpatina Ridge is located within Lady Evelyn-Smooth water Provincial Park and is 693 meters high, the highest point in Ontario. As the name suggests, it is not a distinct peak, but rather a part of a series of rock formations. The Ellis Fire Tower is located at the top of the ridge and offers views of the surrounding nature. To reach it requires a few days of canoeing or a long day of trekking from a forest path.
Mount Carleton, New Brunswick
Mount Carleton Provincial Park is home to the highest mountain in New Brunswick, Mount Carleton. At 817 meters in height, it is the highest peak in all Maritime Provinces. On a clear day, it is said that visitors can see no less than 10 million trees from the top of the mountain. There you will find some established hiking trails that will lead you to the top so you can count them yourself!
Mount Baldy, Manitoba
A mountain in Manitoba? At 832 meters high, Mount Baldy may not be exactly what you are considering when you think of a mountain, but it is the highlight of the province. It is located in Duck Mountain Provincial Park and has a 3km trail that allows adventurous hikers to have a view from its top.
Unnamed Peak, Saskatchewan
Despite the jokes that Saskatchewan is a flat rectangle, its highest point is an impressive 1,438 meters above sea level. Apparently, it’s not big enough for the peak to have a name, but it’s still the highest point on our list. It is located in the Cypress Hill mountain range in the interprovincial Cypress Hills Park.
Mount Caubvick, Newfoundland, and Labrador
If we go back east, we get to the highest point in Newfoundland and Labrador, Mount Caubvick. This peak is 1,652 meters high and is located on the border with Quebec within the Torngat Mountains National Park. Going to the mountain, as well as its summit requires a seaplane or a 400km boat trip from the nearest village. Once made, there are some roads to the top, but it is not a leisure hike. Unless you are an experienced mountaineer, it is best to join a guided tour.
Mont D’Iberville, Quebec
In Quebec, Mount Caubvick is known by a different name, Mount D’Iberville. The provincial border runs just above the summit, so you can reach the top of two provinces in one trip!
Mont Barbeau, Nunavut
At 2,616 meters, Mount Barbeau is the highest point in Nunavut. It is located in the Quttinirpaaq National Park on Ellesmere Island, in the far north of the territory. Since this area is so remote, it is rarely explored, making it a dream destination for adventurous travelers.
Mount Nirvana, Northwest Territories
Officially, the highest peak in the Northwest Territories has no name, but unofficially it is called Mount Nirvana. This peak reaches 2,773 meters in height and is located in Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada. Getting to the top involves a long trip by canoe or seaplane, followed by arduous mountaineering. A similar mountain range nearby is called the “Impossible Wall Circus”, which can give you an idea of what awaits you.
Mount Columbia, Alberta
We are now approaching the biggest summits! Located on the border between Alberta and British Columbia, Mount Columbia is Alberta’s highest peak at 3,747 meters above sea level. It is located in Jasper National Park, an 11,000 km2 wilderness park. Although there are roads to the top that are considered “non-technical”, it is still a huge mountain and getting to the top is not a health walk.
Mount Fairweather, British Columbia
At 4,663 meters high, Fairweather Mountain is the highest peak in British Columbia. It is part of the Saint Elias Mountain Range, which begins in the northwest of the province and extends to Alaska. This peak is very remote and weather prone, making it a challenge for mountaineers.
Mount Logan, Yukon
And here we are: the highest peak in Canada is Mount Logan, reaching 5,959 meters above sea level in the Yukon. You will find it in Kluane National Park and National Park Reserve, but mounting this mountain requires much more than the skill and willingness to do so. Groups of mountaineers can ask to visit this huge climax between mid-April and mid-June.
From Mount Logan on the west to Mount Caubvik in the east, Canada’s highest peaks call you. Climb one or all of them – that’s a challenge.