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The Continental Ranges is a name for a major grouping of mountain ranges in the Rocky Mountains located in eastern British Columbia and western Alberta. It is a physiographic designation for use by geologists and is not used by the general public; it is not recognized in Alberta, and does not appear on topographic maps,[1] although the names of its subranges (the Kootenay, Park or Main Ranges, and Front Ranges) are in common use. It is the largest and best-known of the three main such subdivisions of the Canadian Rockies, the others being the Hart Ranges and the Muskwa Ranges.[2]

Continental Ranges
Canadian Rockies ContinentalRanges.png
Location map of the Continental Ranges
Area65,091 km2 (25,132 sq mi)
States/ProvincesBritish Columbia and Alberta
Range coordinates52°00′N 117°30′W / 52.000°N 117.500°W / 52.000; -117.500Coordinates: 52°00′N 117°30′W / 52.000°N 117.500°W / 52.000; -117.500
Parent rangeCanadian Rockies



  1. ^ "Continental Ranges". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ Landforms of British Columbia Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, S Holland, Govt of BC Bulletin No. 58, 1976