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Yellowhead Pass National Historic Site

Referred to by early fur traders as “leather pass”, Yellowhead Pass is a major transportation route through the Rocky Mountains.

The Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains was an imposing transportation barrier for early travellers. Indigenous people used this northern low elevation route as did the fur traders of the early 1800s who called it Leather Pass in reference to the moose, buffalo and cow hides that were transported west.

The pass and historic site is named after the fair-haired Metis-Iroquois trapper Pierre Bostonais and those who established the rugged path.

By 1915 two railways travelled through the pass. Due to lack of business, the two railways went bankrupt and in 1917, they were amalgamated into the Canadian National Railway. In 1960 a magnificent highway opened the scenic route we drive between Jasper and Vancouver.

How to get here


Jasper National Park
PO Box 10
Jasper AB T0E 1E0



Roadside pullout, 25 km west of Jasper on Highway 16 in Jasper National Park, Alberta.

Free admission for youth 17 and under. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

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Lookout Lookout
Picnic area Picnic area
Restrooms Restrooms
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