, that can be seen beyond the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River to the north. The Mistaya River Valley follows a very straight line, paralleling the general northwest-southeast trend of the mountain ranges and this enables us to see mountains beyond the next pass to the north, Sunwapta at the Columbia Icefields.
Walter Wilcox travelled over Bow Pass in 1896. In his book, "The Canadian Rockies," he describes the pass as follows: "Open, treeless moors, abounding in irregular mounds and depressions, covered with a scant growth of grass, stunted willows, and a dwarfed underbrush, extended in a gradually rising valley to a pass about three miles north-west of the lake (Bow Lake). The view on the other side of the pass is one of the most inspiring in the mountains. The slope drops suddenly a thousand feet and discloses the entire length of Bear (Mistaya) Creek Valley, or the Little Fork of the Saskatchewan."