The Robson Valley

The Robson Valley comprises the headwaters of the Fraser River, the headwaters of the North Thompson River, and the northernmost tributaries of the Columbia River.

The Rocky Mountain Trench near Mount Robson.


“The Kamloops Indians affirm, that the very highest mountain they know is on the north side of the valley at Tête Jaune Cache, about ten miles from the valley. This is named Yuh-hai-has-kun, from the appearance of a spiral road running up it. No one has ever been known to reach the top, though a former chief of Tsuk-tsuk-kwalk, on the North Thompson, was near the top once when hunting goats. When he realized how high he had climbed he became frightened and returned.”

  • Dawson, George Mercer [1849–1910]. “Notes on the Shuswap people of British Columbia.” Transactions of the Royal Society Canada, Section II (1891). p. 37. University of British Columbia

The Fraser River arises in the southeast of the photo and flows northwest through the Rocky Mountain Trench towards Prince George. The lake on the bottom right of the photo is Kinbasket Lake, on the Columbia River drainage. North of Kinbasket is Moose Lake, near the headwaters of the Fraser.

Place Names in the vicinity of Mount Robson