Today the Yellowhead Pass is a valley corridor containing a highway and railway beside crystal clear rivers, through dense forests under rugged peaks links Jasper town site and the provincial border of British Columbia. In the past the low elevation made for easy movement for Indigenous people, fur trappers, railways and explorers. The name Yellowhead is the nickname of a fair-haired Metis-Iroquois-freeman named Bostonais, active here in the early 1800s.
Roadside pullout, 25 km west of Jasper on Highway 16 in Jasper National Park, Alberta.
Hours of operation
Free admission for your in 2018. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list
Athabasca Pass National Historic Site
Surveying routes through uncharted lands with clear mountain rivers and snow-capped mountain passes were all part of the job for David Thompson. Discovering the Athabasca Pass near Jasper, Alberta, was fundamental in linking Canada’s fur traders to the Pacific Ocean. Hikers can still experience the same untouched wilderness.
Howse Pass National Historic Site
Howse Pass may now be overlooked as a route in the Rocky Mountains but back when hunting bison and trading furs were a way of life, the pass was regularly used.
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.