Avalanche Pass

Feature type: Pass (2)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Alta-BC boundary, E of Renshaw Creek
Latitude: 53°37’00”
Longitude: 119°54’00”
NTS map: 83E/12
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
The pass was named by members of the 1914 expedition to Mount Alexander (then know as Mount Kitchi) led by Mary Jobe and Donald Phillips. “The reason for the name is unknown,” wrote boundary surveyor Arthur Wheeler in 1924, “but may be due to a snow-slide that happened close by the summit of the pass many years ago and has left some rotting debris of the timber it swept down at the time. It is not a spectacular slide and but slight indication of it is left to tell the tale. There are no other indications of avalanches in the immediate vicinity. ”
References:

  • Wheeler, Arthur O. and Cautley, R.W. Report of the Commission appointed to delimit the boundary between the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part III-A. Topographical surveys of the watershed. 1922, 1923, 1924. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1924

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