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Whereas Rogers Pass is situated between two narrow valleys with steep mountains whose slopes end near the track, the Kicking Horse Pass is located in a broad valley with the steep mountain slopes some distance from the track. Thus, no need for snow sheds in the pass itself.

Kicking Horse Pass looking east towards the Bow River Valley.

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Kicking Horse Pass looking west towards Wapta Lake and the Kicking Horse River Valley River Valley.

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The Kicking Horse Pass at 5,339 feet (1,627 m) is 979 feet (297 m) higher than Rogers Pass. Indeed the Kicking Horse Pass sits on the Continental Divide, the mountainous divide that extends from the Bering Straits of Alaska to the Strait of Magellan at the southern tip of South America. In North America, to the east, rivers flow to Hudson’s Bay, the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. To the west, rivers flow to the Pacific Ocean. In the Kicking Horse Pass a creek, named Divide Creek, actually flow both ways. On the east it empties into Bath Creek, which flow into the Bow River, the waters eventually reaching Hudson’s Bay. On the west Divide Creek flow into Wapta Lake the source of the Kicking Horse River which the railway follows to Golden where it empties into the Columbia River and the waters, after looping north then past Revelstoke, empties into the Pacific Ocean.

Wapiti Lake in the Kicking Horse Pass.

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September 4, 2016

September 4, 2016

Kicking Horse Pass