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Athabasca Pass National Historic Site

Athabasca Pass National Historic Site

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.

Photo Credit: Photograph by Joel Tulloch, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Text Credit: http://pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ab/athabasca

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    hiking there really got me thinking about canadas history and how traders years ago were standing where i was .just seems really cool

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Athabasca Pass National Historic Site

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Between 1811 and the mid-1850s, Athabasca Pass played an important role in the transportation routes for....

Settlers Bear Trappers Fur Traders
NEWS FEED
  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ hebaomari/ Mar 12, 2014
  • athabasca
    guestBook Guestbook/ hebaomari/ Mar 12, 2014

    hiking there really got me thinking about canadas history and how traders years ago were standing where i was .just seems really cool

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.

Jasper, Alberta
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Photo: Photograph by Joel Tulloch, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license