Crowsnest Pass - Alberta, Canada
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bon Echo
N 49° 37.626 W 114° 40.442
11U E 667973 N 5499769
Quick Description: Southernmost major pass through the Canadian Rockies, across the Continental Divide.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 10/21/2018 7:45:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMZCYX
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member fatcat161
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Long Description:

Referred to by locals as "The Pass", the Crowsnest pass is both a mountain pass and the amalgamated municipality comprised of several small towns spread out along the length of the pass. This is the southernmost paved route into British Columbia from Alberta (or vise-versa), the next being just over 200 kilometers north-northwest (straight line distance), or a drive of nearly 400 kilometers.

Crowsnest Pass is a low mountain pass across the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies on the Alberta–British Columbia border.

The pass is located in southeast British Columbia and southwest Alberta, and is the southernmost rail and highway route through the Canadian Rockies. It is the lowest-elevation mountain pass in Canada south of the Yellowhead Pass (1,130 m (3,710 ft)); the other major passes, which are higher, being Kicking Horse Pass (1,640 m (5,380 ft)), Howse Pass (1,530 m (5,020 ft)) and Vermilion Pass (1,680 m (5,510 ft)).

Crowsnest Pass comprises a valley running east–west through Crowsnest Ridge. On the Alberta side, the Crowsnest River flows east from Crowsnest Lake, eventually draining into the Oldman River and ultimately reaching Hudson Bay via the Nelson River. Summit Lake on the British Columbia side drains via three intermediary creeks into the Elk River, which feeds into the Kootenay River, and finally into the Columbia River to the Pacific.


The Crowsnest Pass as viewed across Crowsnest Lake, looking east. Highway 3 is visible on the right, along the edge of the lake.

Elevation (Official or GPSR reading): 4455

Mountain Range: Canadian Rockies

Highway 3 - "Crowsnest Highway" - runs directly through the pass. The posted coordinates are for a pull out area within the pass.

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