Weary Creek Gap
2240 m
7350 ft

Location
Province Park Map Latitude Longitude UTM Grid Ref
Alberta/BC
Kananaskis
82J/07
50; 23; 35
114; 51; 20
524843
Headwaters N or E Headwaters S or W Adjacnt Mtn N or W Adjacnt Mtn S or E
McPhail Creek
Weary Creek
Mount McPhail
Mount Muir

Naming
Named by Named for Other Names Year Named

Location: The pass takes its name from nearby Weary Creek.
Elk Pass


Other Information
Photo: The high area near this pass still shows the signs of the Phillips Fire of 1937.

WEARY CREEK GAP

This pass through the Continental Divide lies between Mount Muir and Mount McPhail. It also marks the southern end of the Elk Range and the northern end of the High Rock Range.

The pass was named Weary Creek Gap after Weary Creek, which flows from the pass into British Columbia. The pass was known as the Elk Trail Pass to the Stoney Indians who have a legend which describes how all the elk from the Bow to the Crowsnest travelled through this pass from the heavily hunted Alberta side to the Elk Valley in British Columbia.

The last major forest fire in the Highwood Valley was the Phillips Fire of 1936. For some reason the fire was named after “Old Man Phillips” who had a cabin and guided hunting parties in the Elk River valley for many years. After the fire started in the Elk Valley Freddy Nash, the Sheep Creek forest ranger, asked permission to take men and supplies to the Weary Creek Gap to try to stop the fire from coming into Alberta. The request was turned down by the Calgary office and Nash was reprimanded for spending money on phone calls. On July 23rd the fire came through Weary Creek Gap and burned the Highwood Valley. The ashes landed as far away as High River until two or three days of rain extinguished the flames.



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