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Burgess Pass

  • 2179 m (7150ft)
  • Naming History
  • Peaks and Rivers
51.4305N 116.4791W
Province: BC
Park: Yoho
Year Named:
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Named for: The pass takes its name from nearby Mount Burgess. Alexander MacKinnon Burgess served as a Deputy Minister of the Interior during the construction of the CPR, and became Commissioner of Public Lands for Canada in 1897.
Mountain (NW): Mount Field
Mountain (SE): Mount Burgess
Headwaters (NE): Emerald Lake
Headwaters (SW): Kicking Horse River


Surveyor James J. McArthur was the first to travel through this pass, making the arduous climb form the Yoho River Valley near Field. He wrote, _Up to where these slides occurred we had not once caught a glimpse of our destination, but had toiled perseveringly with nothing to encourage us; but now through those roadways cleared by the slide, we caught occasional glimpses of Mount Field, and struggled on with renewed vigour."