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 in 2017. 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.
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Saunter on the historic Bar U Ranch and learn what it took to maintain one of the most successful ranches in Canadian history. Try the cowboy chores; hear the tales of hardship and love of the land.
Jasper National Park
Jasper astonishes visitors with its vast wilderness, dotted with glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and deep-cut canyons. Hike, paddle, swim, ski, fish, and take in soothing hot springs, scenic drives and extraordinary wildlife.