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Premier Range
Parent Area: Cariboo Mountains

Area: 1523 sq km. Location: The Premier Range is bounded on the north by the Fraser River, and on the west by the Thompson River. The east boundary is the Raush River. The Premier Range as a whole is usually discussed as either the Northern Premier Range and the Southern Premier range, with a dividing line between north and south being the Canoe River, North Canoe Glacier and Laurier Glacier, which flows into the Raush River. (About N 52:47).

Understanding the watersheds around the Premier Range is a bit complex. The eastern part of the Premier Range forms the divide beween the Fraser River and the Canoe River, which drains into the Columbia River. The slopes south of the southern Premiers drains into a 3rd watershed, the North Thompson River.

The land approaches to the northern Premier Range are usually up Kiwa Creek or Tete Creek which converge with Sir Wilfrid Laurier at their head.
  Terrain: The Premier Range is a heavily glaciated range of mountains immediately west of Valemount, BC, and east of the Rakus River. These peaks are the highest peaks of the Cariboo Mountains. They are often visited as part of a ski tour. The highest peaks are in the northern Premier Range, around Sir Wilfrid Laurier. This area can be reached on foot from the Kiwa Creek logging roads, or Tete Creek. History: The names of the mountains in the Premier range were set aside in 1927 , 50 years after Confederation in 1867, to be used for naming Canadian Prime Ministers. It contains 9 of Canada's 15 deceased Prime Ministers. There is also another range in the Selkirks which bears the names of three prime ministers: John A Macdonald, Alexander Mackenzie, Charles Tupper. As can be seen by looking at the individual peaks, a large number of the first ascents were done in the very same year as the names were reserved for Prime Ministers. As such many of the peaks appear to have had older names. For example, Mount Abbott had a name of Kiwa Peak.

Top Trips
Kiwa Creek Approach to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Steve Sheriff
The Southern Cariboo Traverse Rick Collier
A Ski up Kiwa Creek in the Premier Range Don Funk
History and First Ascent route - Mount John Oliver (Mount Aspiration) Roger Wallis

Top Photos
Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier Rick Collier
Mount John Oliver Don Funk
Mount Richard Bennett Don Funk
Mount Sir John Abbott behind Kiwa Glacier Steve Sheriff
Premier Range Panorama Klaus Haring
Mount Pierre Elliot Trudeau David Wasserman
The North Face of Mount Zillmer John Scurlock
Mount Sir John Thompson From The Northeast John Scurlock
Mount Sir John Thompson across the North Canoe Glacier Rick Collier
Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier II Rick Collier
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