Extinguisher Tower

Feature type: Tower (1)
Province: British Columbia
Location: SE of Berg Lake, E of Mount Waffl
Latitude: 53°07’00”
Longitude: 119°05’15”
NTS map: 83E/3
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

“At a bold tower of rock, which had been nicknamed the Extinguisher, the Robson glacier widens out and bends nearly at a right angle toward the main peak,” wrote Arthur Coleman on his pioneering visit to the area in 1908.

“On the cirque immediately below Mount Resplendent stands a quaint tower of rock some 500 feet above the ice, named the Extinguisher from its likeness to the conical cap once used to put out the candle,” wrote Elizabeth Parker, a member of the Alpine Club of Canada’s 1913 camp at Robson Pass. Smithsonian Institution director Charles D. Walcott called it the most valuable spot in the Rockies to geologists.


  • Coleman, Arthur Philemon, 1852-1939. The Canadian Rockies: new and old trails. Toronto: Henry Frowde, 1911
  • Parker, Elizabeth. “A new field for mountaineering.” Scribner’s Magazine 55 (1914).
  • Walcott, Charles D. “The monarch of the Canadian Rockies.” National Geographic Magazine (1913).
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