OverviewTelevision Peak is located between the Castle Mountain massif and Protection Mountain in Banff National Park, one of four connecting national parks in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It was aptly named for the television repeater station on its summit.
The only published route is the extended scramble from Stuart Knob to the south, although some parties do ascend and descend its western flank from Protection Mountain Campground. It is not a popular objective. The published route is a two peak day covering a serious amount of ground. The closest I have ever come to a mountain lion encounter was on the eastern col of this peak. There are not published alpine ski routes on Television Peak. The views are typical for the area, including Mount Bell, Mount Temple, Storm Mountain,
Copper Mountain, Pilot Mountain and Mount Ishbel.
Getting ThereThe Trans-Canada dissects Banff National Park east to west as you come in from Calgary. Drive to Castle Junction 31kms west of Banff via either the Trans-Canada Highway or Bow Valley Parkway (more Elk to be spotted along the Parkway). From Trans-Canada, take the Castle Junction exit and proceed east under a bridge (huge nest on the bridge houses an Osprey who has raised young every year I have lived here) and turn right at the stop sign and pull into the Rockbound Lake trailhead on your left. From Bow Valley Parkway, Rockbound Lake trail head will be on your right before the Castle Junction gas station.
Red TapeYou will be required to purchase a national park pass as you enter the park. This pass is good for all four national parks. If you plan many visits to Canadian National Parks within one year, you should purchase an annual pass. There are no permit requirements to climb in Banff National Park, but all camping is regulated. There is also a backcountry permit required if you plan on spending a night in the backcountry versus the town campsites. This can be obtained via the parks website which is included in the camping section below. Park headquarters are located in Banff and you will drive through the manned kiosks as you enter the park.
This is active grizzly country, therefore, you should always have bear spray on your person. I advise checking with Parks Canada for any area and/or trail closures.