Robson Pass

Alberta-BC boundary. Pass
Fraser and Smoky drainages
Headwaters of Robson River and Smoky River
53°09’00” N 119°07’00” W — Map 83E/3 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1956
Official in BCCanada

“Between Berg and Adolphus lakes lies Robson Pass,” wrote Arthur Wheeler in 1911. “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.”

In 1927, after having made a boundary survey in the vicinity, 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.”

*Robson; pass, north of mount Robson (12,972 feet), the highest peak in the Rockies, which first mentioned by name in Milton and Cheadle The North West Passage by Land, London, 1865; it is possible that the reference is to Colin Robertson who served both North West Co. and Hudson’s Bay Co. in Athabaska before and after 1815 and that François Decoigne, the fairhaired trader after whom the Yellowhead pass is named, who also served both the North West Co. and Hudson’s Bay Co., and who was in charge at Jasper house in 1814, named it after his superior officer.

References:

  • 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. 132. Robson Pass. Alpine Club of Canada
  • 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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