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Howse Pass National Historic Site

Howse Pass National Historic Site

Alberta–British Columbia border, Banff, Alberta

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 travellers. 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.

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Text Credit: Site description from Parks Canada www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/decouvrir-discover/histoire-history/howse

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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 travellers. 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.

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