Burgess Pass
2179 m
7150 ft

Province Park Map Latitude Longitude UTM Grid Ref
51; 25; 50
116; 28; 45
Headwaters N or E Headwaters S or W Adjacnt Mtn N or W Adjacnt Mtn S or E
Emerald Lake
Kicking Horse River
Mount Field
Mount Burgess

Named by Named for Other Names Year Named

Location: 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.

Other Information


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."

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