Purcell Mountains

The Purcell Mountains are a mountain range in southeastern British Columbia, Canada.[1] They are a subrange of the Columbia Mountains, which includes the Selkirk, Monashee, and Cariboo Mountains. They are located on the west side of the Rocky Mountain Trench in the area of the Columbia Valley, and on the east side of the valley of Kootenay Lake and the Duncan River.[2][3] The only large settlements in the mountains are the Panorama Ski Resort and Kicking Horse Resort, adjacent to the Columbia Valley towns of Invermere and Golden, though there are small settlements, such as Yahk and Moyie along the Crowsnest Highway, and residential rural areas dependent on the cities of Creston, Kimberley and Cranbrook, which are located adjacent to the range.

Purcell Mountains
Highest point
Elevation3,493 m (11,460 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
South BC-NW USA-relief Purcells.png
Location map of the Purcell Mountains
CountriesCanada and United States
Provinces/StatesBritish Columbia, Montana and Idaho
Range coordinates49°55′N 116°15′W / 49.917°N 116.250°W / 49.917; -116.250Coordinates: 49°55′N 116°15′W / 49.917°N 116.250°W / 49.917; -116.250
Parent rangeColumbia Mountains

The Purcells are shown on some United States maps as the Percell Mountains, where their southern limit protrudes into the states of Idaho and Montana, abutting Lake Koocanusa, a reservoir on the Kootenai River.[4] American geographic classifications consider the Percells to be part of the Rocky Mountains but in Canada that terminology is reserved for ranges on the east side of the Rocky Mountain Trench. In the Purcell Mountains, most of the peaks are near or above 10,000 feet in elevation.

The Purcell Supergroup rocks that make up the Purcells were formed in the Proterozoic eon (in the Precambrian period), which spans from 2,500 million years ago to about 540 million years ago.[citation needed]


Highest peaksEdit

The ten highest summits of the Purcells[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ BCGNIS entry "Purcell Mountains"[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Landforms of British Columbia: A Physiographic Outline, by S. Holland 1964 (revised 1976), British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Archived 2005-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Landforms of British Columbia: A Physiographic Outline- Physiographic map, by S. Holland 1964 (revised 1976), British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Purcell Mountains
  5. ^ Purcell Mountains, Peakbagger.com