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The Kicking Horse River flows west out of the Kicking Horse Pass. West of Field the river widens significant as far as Leanchoil. West of Palliser the river narrows considerably necessitating several tunnels and crisscrossing of the river by the rail line. The river finally passes through a box canyon before joining the Columbia River at Golden.

The Kicking Horse River south of Ottertail.

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The Kicking Horse River west of Palliser.

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The box canyon on the Kicking Horse River near Golden.

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The confluence of the Kicking Horse River (left) and the Columbia river at Golden looking north.

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The Kicking Horse Pass takes its name from the Kicking Horse River that, in turn, obtained its name after an unfortunate incident that happened to Dr. James Hector when he was exploring the Vermillion Pass and the Beaverfoot River Valley. While exploring the Beaverfoot River where it enters the Kicking Horse River (near present day Leanchoil) he was kicked in the chest by his horse. Those accompanying Hector were sure he was dead and began to bury him, but stopped when they saw his eyelid twitch. Hector survived the incident, was able to continue his exploration up the Kicking Horse River, and subsequently discovered the Kicking Horse Pass.

 

 

Reference:

 

Historic Sites of Field.

http://www.friendsofyoho.ca/historic_map.pdf

Posted:

Updated:

September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

The Kicking Horse River

The confluence of the Yoho River and the Kicking Horse River looking east towards the Kicking Horse Pass and the source of the Kicking Horse River.

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