Establishing transportation corridors to the Pacific Coast was vital to the fur trade. Guided through the Athabasca Pass by Thomas the Iroquois, David Thompson was instrumental in surveying many routes through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The first northerly route through Howse Pass was quickly blocked by the Pikani Tribe in 1810 forcing Thompson to trek through a more challenging route through Athabasca Pass near Jasper, Alberta. It was used for nearly half a century as part of the main fur trade routes from Canada to the coast.
Hours of operationAlways open
Note: The site may be inaccessible due to snow in the winter.
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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Yellowhead Pass National Historic Site
Designated a National Historic Site in 1971, the beautiful and scenic Yellowhead Pass is a tribute to the early explorers, fur traders, road builders and travellers who opened the mountainous gateway to the west.
Jasper House National Historic Site
Jasper House was a trading post serving fur traders, Aboriginal people, and explorers travelling across vast mountain ranges on either side of the continental divide. A viewpoint and commemorative plaque brings this historic era to life.
Jasper Park Information Centre National Historic Site
Make the Information Centre your first stop in Jasper, for friendly, knowledgeable advice on everything from hiking trails and campsites, to weather conditions, places to stay, attractions and seasonal events. Also pick up maps, park passes and gifts.