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.

Getting here

Jasper National Park
Jasper AB T0E 1E0
PO Box 10

Hours of operation

Always open

Fees

Free admission. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

pnj.jnp@pc.gc.ca