Kicking Horse Pass

KICKING HORSE PASS (el 1,622 m) is on the BC–Alberta border 10 km west of Lake Louise. It was named by Dr James HECTOR, the naturalist with the Palliser Expedition, who was kicked in the chest by one of his pack horses in Aug 1859 while exploring the river, which was later named the Kicking Horse River. The CPR built its main line through the pass in 1883–84. As it descended down the west side to FIELD, the railway had the steepest grade of any line in N America. This section of track,...

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