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Eastern Canada Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence

RankPeak Prom-M
(Opt)
 Elev-M
(Opt)
Range (Level 5)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Mount Caubvick13671652South Interior Torngats791.4 
2.Mealy Mountains High Point8491200Mealy Mountains519.3 
3.The Cabox812812Long Range Mountains500.6 
4.Mont Jacques-Cartier11001268Chic-Choc Mountains405.7 
5.Mont Raoul-Blanchard7951175 206.4 
6.Mount Carleton630820New Brunswick Highlands134.7 
7.Man O'War Peak9891050Kiglapait Mountains103.9 
8.Gros Morne700807Long Range Mountains98.8 
9.Brave Mountain12491250Kaumajet Mountains90.4 
10.Mont Saint-Pierre723906Central Notre Dame Mountains75.1 
11.Peak 3400 Map 14E27321067Kiglapait Mountains60.8 
12.Mont Logan6401160Chic-Choc Mountains31.9 
13.Peak 4300 Map 14L119751341Coastal Torngats31.6 
14.Peak 2700 Map 14L7 North671853Coastal Torngats27.7 
15.Peak 2803763854Coastal Torngats25.7 
16.Four Peaks High Point13411372Coastal Torngats24.1 
17.Mount Lister884884Kiglapait Mountains22.1 
18.Peak 2900 Map 14D16 No 1671914Kiglapait Mountains21.5 
19.Mount Eliot10221388Coastal Torngats21.3 
20.Peak 5000 Map 24P111581554North Interior Torngats20.7 
21.Mount Pinguksoak8161243Coastal Torngats20.3 
22.Peak 468611231428South Interior Torngats20.2 
23.Peak 3900 Map 14L57011219South Interior Torngats19.9 
24.Blow Me Down Mountain8171183Coastal Torngats19.8 
25.Peak 2800 Map 14F4640884Kiglapait Mountains19.5 
26.Peak 3300 Map 14E16711036Kiglapait Mountains19.4 
27.Mont Blanc7311065Chic-Choc Mountains19.0 
28.Peak 478611841459South Interior Torngats18.5 
29.Mont Jacques-Rousseau7431261North Interior Torngats15.7 
30.Mount Tetragona10511356Coastal Torngats15.2 
31.Mount Razorback8531128Coastal Torngats14.9 
32.Cod Island Peak 2700701853Kaumajet Mountains14.7 
33.Peak 5100 Map 24I1613411585South Interior Torngats14.7 
34.Peak 2600 Map 14E7671823Kiglapait Mountains14.2 
35.Mont Albert7541151Chic-Choc Mountains14.0 
36.Mount Thoresby945945Kiglapait Mountains14.0 
37.Peak 4200 Map 24P911581311North Interior Torngats13.9 
38.Sommet Rond722962Canadian Green Mountains13.7 
39.Mealy Peak 76201160Mealy Mountains13.0 
40.Peak 2300 Map 14M3671732Coastal Torngats12.1 
41.Peak 2800 Map 24P16640884North Interior Torngats12.0 
42.Peak 2000 Map 25A1640640Coastal Torngats12.0 
43.Peak 3600 Map 14L117011128Coastal Torngats11.9 
44.North Aulatsivik Island High Point945945Coastal Torngats11.8 
45.Aupalukitak Mountain701945Kiglapait Mountains10.6 
46.Peak 3600 Map 24P99141128North Interior Torngats10.6 
47.Peak 3600 Map 14L107011128Coastal Torngats10.3 
48.Cod Island High Point945945Kaumajet Mountains10.0 
49.Ikordlearsuk Mountain823853Coastal Torngats9.7 
50.Peak 3720 Map 24P87681134North Interior Torngats9.4 
51.Kammarsuit Mountain875905Coastal Torngats9.4 
52.Cirque Mountain8361568Coastal Torngats9.2 
53.Mount Kaputyat6951121North Interior Torngats9.1 
54.Peak 3800 Map 24P97321189North Interior Torngats9.1 
55.Drachart Island High Point792792Kaumajet Mountains8.8 
56.Peak 2600 Map 14E1792823Kiglapait Mountains8.7 
57.Peak 4700 Map 24I16 No 16401463South Interior Torngats8.6 
58.Peak 3700 Map 14L116401158Coastal Torngats8.6 
59.Peak 39457761202Coastal Torngats8.4 
60.Peak 2300 Map 14M5640732Coastal Torngats8.2 
61.Mount Barnes-Pauz√©7691470South Interior Torngats8.1 
62.Peak 2500 Map 24P9671792Coastal Torngats8.0 
63.Torngarsoak Mountain7411595South Interior Torngats7.9 
64.Peak 2900 Map 14D16 No 2792914Kiglapait Mountains7.5 
65.Quartzite Mountain6981186Coastal Torngats7.5 
66.Peak 2800 Map 14E8 No 2640884Kiglapait Mountains7.2 
67.Mount Bache670671Coastal Torngats7.1 
68.Peak 3200 Map 14E17011006Kiglapait Mountains7.0 
69.Peak 4300 Map 24P18841341North Interior Torngats7.0 
70.Peak 4500 Map 14L126101402South Interior Torngats6.8 
71.The Finger9451036Kaumajet Mountains6.7 
72.Mount Cornelius765917Coastal Torngats6.6 
73.Four Peaks-South Peak10361280Coastal Torngats6.4 
74.Peak 34156451041Coastal Torngats6.0 
75.Innuit Mountain9301509North Interior Torngats6.0 
76.Peak 4100 Map 24P1 No 16711280North Interior Torngats5.8 
77.Peak 2700 Map 14M3792853Coastal Torngats5.6 
78.Mount Goetze7321189Coastal Torngats5.6 
79.Peak 3300 Map 14F137921036Kaumajet Mountains5.4 
80.Peak 2363720720Coastal Torngats5.2 
81.Kutyaupak Mountain8841097South Interior Torngats5.1 
82.Peak 4200 Map 24P1 No 17621311North Interior Torngats5.1 
83.Peak 3500 Map 24P97921097North Interior Torngats4.8 
84.Peak 2600 Map 14M3640823Coastal Torngats4.5 
85.Peak 5000 Map 24I168231554South Interior Torngats4.4 
86.Four Peaks-Southeast Peak671945Coastal Torngats4.3 
87.Peak 3800 Map 14M46101189Coastal Torngats4.2 
88.Peak 3600 Map 24P96401128North Interior Torngats4.1 
89.Four Peaks-North Peak8531097Coastal Torngats3.9 
90.Peak 3500 Map 24P96401097North Interior Torngats3.8 
91.Peak 3300 Map 14M57011036Coastal Torngats3.6 
92.Four Peaks-East Peak7321250Coastal Torngats3.5 

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List Description

List Info

2000 feet of prominence has become an informal threshold among U.S. prominence researchers that signifies that a peak has major stature. There are just enough of these peaks to keep track of them, and tallys of the number of peaks with prominence of 2000 feet (P2K) by state and region is used as a rough measure of mountainous ruggedness.

Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and others compiled lists of all the P2K peaks in the 48 U.S. states--a total of about 1200, with Nevada (169), California (163), and Washington State (144) having the most. Alaska is so huge and so mountainous that no attempt has been made to tabulate all the P2Ks there; instead, a 5000-foot threshold gives plenty of results. Western Canada is like Alaska--any attempt to find all the P2Ks would be a massive undertaking.

Therefore, I decided to find out how many P2Ks there were in eastern Canada. I figured that there were not too many--the highpoint of the Torngat Mounains, a few in the northern Appalachians, and the Newfoundland island high point. My guess was that there were maybe about ten.

When I started looking at the online topo maps of the Torngat Mountains, though, it became clear that there were scores of P2K peaks. I posted my preliminiary tally of about 40 or so, and over the next few months Richard Garland picked up where I left off, finding more Torngat peaks and exploring off into the other ranges of Labrador. I double-checked Richard's work using GIS software to help me make sense of the terrible online Toporama maps, and determined all the P2K peaks in the Canadian Appalachians. Together, Richard and I came up with this list of 73 peaks.

This is an amazingly high number. This is almost as many P2K peaks than in the eastern USA (78) or Colorado (81), and the same as in Arizona or Oregon. Considering that the high point of the area is only 5420 feet, and most of it is very flat, this number is surprising. The glaciers really carved up the ranges of northern Labrador with deep gorges, exactly the kind of geologic action that produces high-prominence peaks.

This list should be over 95% complete at this point. Most summits have no names, so are designated by their elevations and map sheet names. Most of them have probably not been climbed yet. There are 9 peaks on this list in the Appalachian Mountains: 6 in Quebec, 1 in New Brunswick, and 2 on the island of Newfoundland. The remaining 64 peaks are in Labrador.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks go to Richard Garland, who did an incredibly impressive job of helping me research these peaks, their elevations, and their prominences. We both spent hours poring over the terrible online GIFs from the Toporama web site, counting unlabelled contour lines, and Richard didn't even have the advantage of GIS software to help out! I especially thank him for inspiring me to continue work on this after I started to lose some interest. See his web site below for the most complete reference for the Torngats ever assembled.

Links

     Papa Bear's Torngat's Page - Richard Garland
     Toporama: Canadian Topographic Maps Online

 


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