Feature type: Pass (2)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Atla-BC boundary, W of Mount Bess, E of Jackpine Mountain
NTS map: 83E/6
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
“It is the crossing of the watershed that gives access to the head of the Jackpine River valley; hence the name,” wrote boundary surveyor Arthur Wheeler. The pass was named by the Jobe-Phillips expedition to Mount Kitchi (Mount Sir Alexander) in 1915.
“Bess Pass, 5,330 feet in altitude and Jackpine Pass, 6,694 feet, are on the route north [of Mount Robson] to Mt. Sir Alexander. The former is siuated in very spectacular surroundings between Mt. Bess and Mt. Whiteshield: the latter is much frequented by grizzlies…,” Wheeler wrote in his articles on passes on the Great Divide.
- Jobe, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “The expedition to ‘Mt. Kitchi’.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 6 (1914 and 1915):135-143. Alpine Club of Canada
- 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
- Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860-1945]. “Passes of the Great Divide.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 16 (1926–1927):173. Alpine Club of Canada