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Photo: Franchere Peak from the east on the Icefields Parkway

Franchere Peak

  • 2812 m (9,226ft)
  • Naming History
  • Hiking and Trails
52.7167N -118.100W
Located in the Astoria River Valley opposite Cavell Lake

Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Visible from Highway: 93N
Year Named: 1916
Named for: Franchere, Gabriel (Gabriel Franchere wrote the first description of a journey through Athabasca Pass - Relation d''un voyage a la Cote du Nord-Ouest de l''Amerique Septentrionale (1820).
Popular Hike: Tonquin Valley
Journal Reference: CAJ 38-74, AAJ 9-167

Andre Belanger, Gabriel Franchere, and Olivier Lapensee were part of a group that crossed Athabasca Pass in 1814. Belanger and Lapensee drowned in the Athabasca River below Brule Lake. Please see Mount Belanger and Mount Lapensee. Gabriel Franchere kept a journal and published a book about his time in the fur trade, including the 1814 crossing of Athabasca Pass when Lapensee and Belanger) drowned.