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Athabasca Pass National Historic Site

The Athabasca Pass Lookout reminds us of a time long ago. Before roads and rails, people travelled across this country every year. They travelled by foot, canoe, horseback and sled. Dream for a moment. Put yourself in the shoes of these early travellers.

Competition to claim the rich fur area of the west slopes and to open markets in the far east was ferocious in the 1800s. While the Americans rushed across the continent towards the mouth of the Columbia River, the Europeans forged routes through the Rocky Mountains in Canada. The challenging Athabasca Pass was used for half a century for travel and moving mail.

How to get 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 26 km south on 93 North (the Icefields Parkway) to the Athabasca Pass lookout.

Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
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