Elysium Pass
2010 m
6595 ft

Province Park Map Latitude Longitude UTM Grid Ref
52; 57; 15
118; 20; 15
Headwaters N or E Headwaters S or W Adjacnt Mtn N or W Adjacnt Mtn S or E

Minaga Creek
Elysium Mountain
Emigrants Mountain

Named by Named for Other Names Year Named

Location: The pass takes its name from nearby Elysium Mountain. The peak overlooks fine meadows. Morris Bridgland related this to "Elysian fields," a supposed home of the blessed after death.

Other Information


In his book, "Climbs in the Canadian Rockies," Frank Smythe wrote that, "The Elysium Pass did not belie its name when we came to it; for it was a green sward of turf and flowers with a view north along a wide valley of meadows and forest to Monarch Mountain..."

In 1936 Curly Phillips, who was very involved in the early climbing history of Mount Robson and went on to become a legendary outfitter in the Rockies, took up skiing. Two years later, while investigating the idea of building a cabin for the use of skiers, he and a companion named Reginald Pugh were tragically killed in an avalanche near Elysium Pass in the Victoria Cross Range northwest of Jasper.

[See Mount Robson; Mount Phillips]

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