Athabasca Pass

ATHABASCA PASS (el 1,748 m) is in the ROCKY MTS on the BC–Alberta border in the remote southwest corner of Jasper National Park. The explorer David THOMPSON made the first recorded crossing in Jan 1811, guided by an Iroquois trapper, on his way to the COLUMBIA R and the Pacific for the NORTH WEST CO. He opened a FUR TRADE supply route into NEW CALEDONIA, which was popular with Nor'westers until it was eclipsed by easier routes. As a result it has been called the "first trans-Canada highway"...

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