Used by generations of First Nations as a route east from the Columbia River Valley through the rugged Rocky Mountains, Howse Pass now sees fewer travelers. It served the First Nations as a route through the mountains to bison, and was a short-lived gateway for European traders to the interior of British Columbia from trading posts in the foothills of Alberta. Blocked by tribes east of the pass, the traders, lead by explorer and fur trader David Thompson, found a more northerly route.

Getting here

Banff National Park
PO Box 900
Banff AB T1L 1K2

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Hours of operation

Always open. Note: The site may be inaccessible due to snow in the winter.

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Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply. Detailed fees list

Contact us

Banff National Park
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