Wapta Mountain is a mountain located in the Canadian Rockies between Emerald Lake and Yoho Valley in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. It stands just north of the ridge containing the Burgess Shale fossil beds. Along with The Vice President and Mount Burgess, Wapta Mountain forms the backdrop to Emerald Lake, and marks the southern end of the President Range.

Wapta Mountain
Wapta Mountain marks the end of Fossil Ridge
Highest point
Elevation2,778 m (9,114 ft)[1][2]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates51°27′05″N 116°28′39″W / 51.45139°N 116.47750°W / 51.45139; -116.47750[3]
Location in SE British Columbia is located in British Columbia
Location in SE British Columbia
Location in SE British Columbia
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District
Protected areaYoho National Park
Parent rangePresident Range
Topo mapNTS 82N8 Lake Louise[3]
First ascent1901[4]

In 1901, James Outram, J. H. Scattergood, and their guide C. Bohren, became the first people to ascend Wapta Mountain.[4] Wapta Mountain overlooks Takakkaw Falls (1,247 feet), the second tallest waterfall in western Canada. The word "Wapta" means "river" in the Stoney language.[3]


  1. ^ "Wapta Mountain". cdnrockiesdatabases.ca. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  2. ^ Lake Louise & Yoho (Map). 1:50000. Cochrane, AB, CA: Gem Trek Publishing. 2001. § C2.
  3. ^ a b c "Wapta Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  4. ^ a b "Wapta Mountain". Bivouac.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
Wapta Mountain