Bank of Canada identifies wrong mountain on $10 bill. Sharp-eyed professor spots the error.


The Bank of Canada is making a molehill out of a mountain.

Whoops:‘The central bank had claimed its new plastic $10 bank notes included an image of majestic’Mount Edith Cavell, a prominent peak in the Canadian Rockies south of Jasper, Alta.

But a sharp-eyed professor in Toronto, who had hiked the mountain with his family, thought something was amiss when the image matched neither his memory nor his photos.

Hitesh Doshi contacted the Bank of Canada by email last November, shortly after the new $10 notes were released.

He told them something was amiss, but kept getting the runaround until last week.

That’s when the central bank quietly changed its website, removing Mount Edith Cavell and several other peaks from its official description of the back of the $10 bank note, replacing them with some other peaks.

Owning up to it: It also sent Doshi a short email, finally acknowledging the error.

One of the memorable things for me in Alberta was visiting (Mount) Edith Cavell. To (my family and I), it was a very memorable trip.
‘ Hitesh Doshi

But when he later examined the $10 bank note, ‘the peak was not there. That’s where the whole thing started.’ Doshi contacted a mountaineer based in Edmonton, Eric Coulthard, who noticed some other discrepancies in the images of peaks on the bank note.

More errors

For one, there was a misidentified image of Mount Zengel, which the bank claimed was the Palisade and Pyramid mountains.

He recognized Zengel right off the bat.
‘ Hitesh Doshi

Doshi sent the bank some more unanswered emails in November and December.

Eight months after Doshi’s original inquiries, the Bank of Canada finally removed Mount Edith Cavell and Mount Marmot from its website description of the upper left image of the mountains, saying they’re actually Lectern Peak and Aquila Mountain. Mount Zengel is also properly identified, along with some other changes.

The documentation error was the result of a misunderstanding about information provided to the Bank of Canada by Canadian Bank Note Co. Ltd.
‘ bank spokesman Alexandre Deslongchamps

Then they talked to mountain experts

The bank has consulted several subject matter experts to ensure that we now have an accurate identification of the mountains in our documentation for the $10 note.
‘ Alexandre Deslongchamps

The mountains on the $10 note were based on commissioned panoramic photographs.

Images were later cut and pasted to highlight certain peaks, rather than depict an actual panorama.

The bank changed the website descriptions without a note to readers citing the alterations or the reasons.
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