Dolomite Pass
2484 m
8150 ft

Location
Province Park Map Latitude Longitude UTM Grid Ref
Alberta
Banff
82N/09
51; 41; 35
116; 23; 05
425270
Headwaters N or E Headwaters S or W Adjacnt Mtn N or W Adjacnt Mtn S or E
Dolomite Creek
Lake Katherine and Helen Cr.
Cirque Peak
Dolomite Peak

Naming
Named by Named for Other Names Year Named
C.L. Noyes
Location: The pass lies to the north of Dolomite Peak. The mountain was thought to resemble the Dolomite Range of the Italian Alps.



Other Information


Ralph Edwards was the guide who led the first passage through Dolomite Pass in 1899. The party included Rev. C.L. Noyes, Rev. Harry P. Nicholls, Charles S. Thompson, and George Weed and they went on to complete first ascents of Observation Peak and Mount Balfour during the trip.

"The Trail to the Charmed Lands" was written by Ralph Edwards and published in 1950. It describes the Dolomite Pass/Mount Balfour expedition in some detail and presents a direct insight into life on the trail during the early explorations of the Canadian Rockies in the late nineteenth century. Of the pass, Edwards wrote, "The pass was actually a beautiful, almost level alpine meadow, and to our left lay a lovely blue lake (Lake Katherine) nestled at the base of the steep cliffs which terminated the eastern range."

Lake Katherine and Helen Lake to the west of the pass were named for the daughters of Rev. Nichols.

[Additional Information: Edwards, Ralph. "Trail to the Charmed Land". Victoria: Herbert R. Larson Publishing Ltd., 1950]



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