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

From the traffic lights at the west exit of the community of Jasper, drive 7.5 km south on Highway 93 (the Icefields Parkway) to the intersection with Highway 93A. Follow Highway 93A for 14.5 km to the Moab Lake turnoff. The trailhead is at the end of this 7 km long gravel road.

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
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