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Abbot Pass

Abbot Pass
Abbot Pass, with the approach from the British Columbia side
Elevation2,925 m (9,596 ft)
LocationBanff National Park, Alberta / Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
RangeCanadian Rockies
Coordinates51°21′50″N 116°17′14″W / 51.36389°N 116.28722°W / 51.36389; -116.28722
Topo mapNAD 83/11U

Abbot Pass lies between Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria, in the divide between the valleys of Lake O'Hara and Lake Louise.[1] It was named for Philip Stanley Abbot who died in 1896 in an attempt to climb Mount Lefroy with Charles Fay, Charles Thompson, and George T. Little.[2]

Abbot Pass has a stone hut, built in 1922 by Swiss guides working for the Canadian Pacific Railway, now maintained by the Alpine Club of Canada.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Abbot Pass is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[3] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C.



  1. ^ "Abbot Pass". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ National Historic Sites Archived January 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine page at Parks Canada, retrieved 2006-08-27
  3. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.
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