Overview of Heart Mountain
With views of Grotto, Yamnuska to the east, Mt. Lorette 2,487 m (8,160 ft.) and Mount McGillivray 2,450 m (8,038 ft.) to the west as well as the south view of Calgary and north view of Exshaw (which is somewhat less interesting unless you are an industialist)
This was a very special place to our good friend Glen Wells and is where we spread his ashes.
Getting To Heart Mountain
Head West from Calgary (about 75 km) on the Trans-Canada Highway towards Canmore. You will see this peak on the left as you near Exshaw/ Dead Man's Flats. You will have to exit at "Val des Arcs" and cross over to the south bound service road. You will have to park on the side of the TransCanada just before Heart Creek. On a normal day other parked cars will point the way. If you prefer a signed parking lot is on the South-bound side of the Trans-Canada Highway about 37 km east of Canmore but this will require a longer walk.
Other than that there is no red tape for this day (1/2 day) trip.
When To Climb
Author: Alan Kane
For Heart Mountain - see pages: 42 & 43
The Alpine Club of CanadaJoining a club such as The Alpine Club of Canada is recommended when climbing in Canada. While it is not obligatory, useful information can be had at any of their Clubhouse in Canmore, or at their website which is open to everyone.
Staying at the club in Canmore is 21$ Canadian for members and 29$ for non-members. It can get quite crowded in the summer so a reservation is recommended.