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Near Field in Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Kicking Horse Pass

Le Col du Cheval-Qui-Rue

 
 
Kicking Horse Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 1, 2008
1. Kicking Horse Pass Marker
Inscription. First recorded in the report of the Palliser expedition of 1857-60, this pass takes its name from an incident in which Dr. James Hector, surgeon in the expedition, was kicked by his horse while exploring in this vicinity. The pass was virtually unused until after 1881 when the Canadian Pacific Railway decided to adopt it as their new route through the Rockies, foregoing the earlier preference for the more northerly Yellowhead Pass. This decision altered the location of the line across western Canada and dramatically affected the development of the West.

Le Col du Cheval-Qui-Rue

Enregistré pour le première fois dans le rapport de l’expédition Palliser, le col doit son nom à la ruade que James Hector, chirurgien de l’expédition, reçut pendant qu’il explorait la région avoisinante. Le passage fut peu fréquenté jusqu’en 1881, date à laquelle le Canadien Pacifique l’adopta pour sa route à travers les Rocheuses, de preference au col de la Tête-Jaune plus au nord at d’abord choisi. Cette décision a change le trace du chemin de fers dans l’ouest et, par conséquent, a grandement marqué le développement de la région.
 
Erected 1980 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Location. 51° 27.209′ 
Kicking Horse Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 1, 2008
2. Kicking Horse Pass Marker
N, 116° 17.197′ W. Marker is near Field, British Columbia, in Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. Marker is on Transcanada Highway (National Route 1), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the Spiral Tunnels Overlook in Yoho National Park just west of the Alberta-British Columbia boundary. Marker is in this post office area: Field, British Columbia V0A 1G0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Louise-Welcome (approx. 8.1 kilometers away in Alberta); Parting of the Waters (approx. 8.2 kilometers away in Alberta); Defining the Boundry of the Great Divide (approx. 8.2 kilometers away in Alberta); Canadian Pacific Railway Stone Monument (approx. 8.2 kilometers away in Alberta); Baldwin #7717 Steam Locomotive (approx. 10.3 kilometers away).
 
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Kicking Horse Pass image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 1, 2008
3. Kicking Horse Pass
Train Entering Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 1, 2008
4. Train Entering Tunnel
There are two spiral tunnels at Kicking Horse Pass that trains must pass through as they make their way across the mountains.
 
 
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