Fortress Pass
1356 m
4450 ft

Location
Province Park Map Latitude Longitude UTM Grid Ref
Alberta/BC
Banff/Hamber
83C/05
52; 21; 30
117; 42; 10
520010
Headwaters N or E Headwaters S or W Adjacnt Mtn N or W Adjacnt Mtn S or E
Chaba River
Fortress Lake
Fortress Mountain
 

Naming
Named by Named for Other Names Year Named

Location: The pass takes its name from nearby Fortress Mountain. Arthur Coleman named the mountain in 1892 because he thought it resembled a fortress.



Other Information


Richard Cautley of the Interprovincial Boundary Survey wrote of the pass, "Fortress Pass is in several respects extraordinary. Travelling up the open gravel beds of the Chaba River, with its wide, straight and well-drained valley, stretching for miles to the south and ending in a mighty glacier, Fortress Pass appears as a small, timbered flat on one's right, without in any way suggesting the idea of a mountain pass. The Chaba River at this point is still a big river, with gravel beds from 700 to 1300 feet wide and numerous water channels.


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