In the final moments of the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain, Ennis del Mar, played by Heath Ledger, looks at a photo and whispers the words “Jack, I swear”. Filled with sadness he recalls his deceased friend and lover and the adventures and intimate moments they shared. The picture in that scene shows some mountains, reminding Ennis of the days when together they tended sheep in just such a setting.
It’s not entirely clear if the mountain shown in the photo is supposed to be a representation of the fictional Brokeback Mountain, or if it’s just an example of the surroundings they used to travel. In reality, the peak shown on the left is Mount Lougheed and the one on the right is called Windtower and they are located at Dead Man’s Flats near Canmore.
Our first photo was taken from the Centennial Ridge hiking trail parking lot. We were there to hike up nearby Wind Ridge and the second photo was taken from its summit.
For other scenes in the movie, Moose Mountain west of Bragg Creek stood into for its namesake.
Images from the movie are copyright Focus Features.
To see some other Brokeback Mountain then and now posts we’ve published, go here…
Brokeback Mountain then and now – Riverton Wy Monroe’s Grocery.
Brokeback Mountain then and now – Signal Wyoming.
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Date: August, 2013.
Location: Kananaskis, AB near Dead Man’s Flats.