Miette River

Alberta. River: Athabasca River drainage
Headwaters on Continental Divide N of Yellowhead Pass, flows E to Jasper
52.8653 N 118.0694 W — Map 083D16 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1951
Topo map from Canadian Geographical Names

Baptiste Millette, an employee of the fur-trading North West Company, was the namesake of Roche Miette and other “Miette” place names in the vicinity.

Called “Cow Dung River” by George Simpson [1792–1860], who crossed the Athabasca Pass in 1824: “Our route is about due West through defiles in the Mountains; the track for Cranberry Lake takes a Northerly direction by Cow Dung River which falls into the Main Stream at Henrys House.”

Fur-trader George McDougall [1788–1849] crossed the pass in 1827. His journal has been lost, but in a copy, which is of doubtful authenticity [see Harvey, “The mystery of Mount Robson”], is stated,

May First – On this day we came to the winter house of William Henry, having had nothing to eat for two days. My people were exhausted, and but for coming upon fresh snow-shoe tracks at the Miette River, which gave them courage to struggle on we might have all perished. [Quoted in Yellowhead Pass and its People]


  • Simpson, George [1792–1860]. Fur trade and empire. George Simpson’s journal entitled Remarks connected with fur trade in consequence of a voyage from York Factory to Fort George and back to York Factory 1824-25. Frederick Merk, editor. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1931. University of British Columbia Library
  • McDougall, George [1788–1849]. Diary of trip from Fort St James to Fort Carlton via the Leather or Yellowhead Pass. 1827
  • Harvey, Athelstan George [1884–1950]. “The mystery of Mount Robson.” B.C. Historical Quarterly, (1937)
  • Valemount Historic Society. Yellowhead Pass and its People. Valemount, B.C.: 1984
  • Smyth, David. “Jasper National Park: some fur trade place names of the Yellowhead Pass.” Canoma, Vol. 11, No. 1 (1985):33-37. Natural Resources Canada
  • Smyth, David. “Some fur trade place names of the Yellowhead Pass: west of the summit to Tête Jaune Cache.” Canoma (journal of the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names), Vol. 11, No. 2 (1985)

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