Robson Pass

Alberta-BC boundary. Pass
Fraser River and Smoky River drainages
Headwaters of Robson River and Smoky River
53.15 N 119.1167 W — Map 83E/3 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1956
Official in BCCanada

“Between Berg and Adolphus lakes lies Robson Pass,” wrote Arthur Oliver Wheeler [1860–1945] during the 1911 Alpine Club of Canada–Smithsonian Robson Expedition. “The pass is a shingle flat, rising gently to the ice-fall of the Robson Glacier, by the outflow from which it has been formed.”

After making a survey for the Alberta-British Columbia Boundary Commission in 1924, Wheeler wrote: “Robson Pass, 5,440 feet in altitude, is one of great technical interest owing to the fluctuations of the watershed.… The broad morainal flat at the summit of the pass is so nearly of a level that the outflow from Robson Glacier has been known to change the line of watershed.”


  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945]. “The Mountains of the Yellowhead Pass.” Alpine Journal, Vol. 26, No.198 (1912):382
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945]. “Passes of the Great Divide.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 16 (1927–1927):117-135
  • Canadian Board on Geographical Names. Place-names of Alberta. Published for the Geographic Board by the Department of the Interior. Ottawa: Department of the Interior, 1928. Hathi Trust

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