Highwood Pass
2210 m
7250 ft

Province Park Map Latitude Longitude UTM Grid Ref
50; 35; 05
114; 59; 20
Headwaters N or E Headwaters S or W Adjacnt Mtn N or W Adjacnt Mtn S or E
Pocaterra Creek
Storm Creek
Highwood Ridge
Mount Rae

Named by Named for Other Names Year Named

The pass takes its name from the Highwood River.
Storm Pass

Other Information
Photo: Looking southeast through Highwood Pass (Storm Mountain beyond at left) from Pocaterra Ridge

At an elevation of 2206 metres, Highwood Pass is the highest point in Canada which may be reached by paved highway. There are a number of good reasons to pause at the top of the pass, one of which is to enjoy the view to the north that, although somewhat restricted, features the distant peaks of the Kananaskis Range and some very interesting and instructive geology.

Highway #40 follows the valley of Pocaterra Creek as it descends towards Kananaskis Lakes. To the left of this valley is Pocaterra Ridge, brilliantly green in early summer and featuring some classic avalanche slopes. George Pocaterra knew this part of Alberta's mountains very well and was a frequent visitor in the first four decades of this century, hunting, guiding, and prospecting.

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