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Balfour Pass

  • 2454 m (8050ft)
  • Naming History
  • Peaks and Rivers
51.5902N 116.4708W
Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Banff/Yoho
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Named for: The pass lies to the north of Mount Balfour. Professor John Hutton Balfour was a Professor of Botany at Glasgow University and Dean of the Medical School at the University of Edinburgh. He provided much encouragement to the Palliser Expedition.
Mountain (NW): Mount Olive
Mountain (SE): Mount Balfour
Headwaters (NE): Hector Lake
Headwaters (SW): Waves Creek


This high pass lies between the Wapta Icefield to the north and the Waputik Icefield to the south.