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The Selwyn Mountains are a mountain range in northern Canada, forming part of the border between the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, and which are part of the Eastern System of the Canadian Cordillera (aka the Western Cordillera). They are neighboured on the east by the Mackenzie Mountains and on their northwest end by the Brooks Range. To their southwest is the Yukon Plateau, while a lower southward extension of their mountain spine protrudes into British Columbia as the Liard Plateau. In some reckonings the Selwyns and Mackenzies are considered to be part of the Rocky Mountains, but that range officially lies only to the south of the Liard River and the aforesaid plateau. Named for Alfred Richard Cecil Selwyn, director of the Geological Survey of Victoria from 1852 to 1869, director of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) from 1869 to 1894 and President of the Royal Society of Canada from 1895 to 1896.[1][2]

Selwyn Mountains
Selwyn Mountains is located in Yukon
Selwyn Mountains
Highest point
PeakKeele Peak
Elevation2,952 m (9,685 ft)
Coordinates63°25′53″N 130°19′26″W / 63.43139°N 130.32389°W / 63.43139; -130.32389
TerritoriesYukon and Northwest Territories
Range coordinates62°51′07″N 130°08′58″W / 62.85194°N 130.14944°W / 62.85194; -130.14944Coordinates: 62°51′07″N 130°08′58″W / 62.85194°N 130.14944°W / 62.85194; -130.14944


  1. ^ Branagan, D. F.; K. A. Townley. "Selwyn, Alfred Richard Cecil (1824–1902)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  2. ^ Selwyn Mountains © Historica Canada

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