Province: British Columbia
Location: S of Highway 16 on Shale Hill
The original automobile road from Tête Jaune Cache to Jasper followed the old railway tote road as far as Moose Lake, and then followed the abandoned Canadian Northern Railway grade to Jasper. According to Tom Carr, “There were two hills between Mount Robson and the Pass that took some doing to get up in any kind of adverse weather, because of the steep grade, crooked road, and dirt base. The first hill was directly in front of Dennison’s property. Because of the trouble it caused travelers by car, it warranted a name other than *&!%$!@. More politely it became known as Dennison Hill.” When the Yellowhead Highway was being built a gravel pit was opened on the top of Dennison hill.
“This wonderful outing taken by about 130 regular members of the party [including Ansel Adams] is now a matter of history. … Leaving Tonquin Valley with great regret, the party took the train for Emperor station near Mount Robson…. We remained in camp in a delightful spot on the Denison and Brittain ranch a day and feasted on berries of all sorts.”— Sierra Club Bulletin, August 1928
- Personal correspondence.
- Yellowhead Pass and its people. Valemount, B.C.: Valemount Historic Society, 1984