Jackpine Pass

Alberta-BC boundary. Pass
Smoky and Fraser drainages
W of Mount Bess, E of Jackpine Mountain
53°21’31″N N 119°25’51” W — Map 083E06 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1915 (Jobe).
Name officially adopted in 1925
Official in BCCanada

The pass was named by the Jobe-Phillips expedition to Mount Kitchi (Mount Sir Alexander) in 1915, after the Jackpine River.

“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 Oliver Wheeler.

“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 situated 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 continental divide.


  • Jobe Akeley, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “The expedition to ‘Mt. Kitchi:’ A new peak in the Canadian Rockies.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 6 (1914–1915):135-143. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945], and Cautley, Richard W. [1873–1953]. Report of the Commission appointed to delimit the boundary between the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part II. 1917 to 1921. From Kicking Horse Pass to Yellowhead Pass.. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1924. Whyte Museum
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945]. “Passes of the Great Divide.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 16 (1927–1927):117-135. Alpine Club of Canada

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