Yellowhead Highway Overview: Tête Jaune Cache to Jasper portion
The 104 km (1:00 hours) section of the Yellowhead Highway from Tête Jaune Cache, BC to Jasper, AB runs along the upper Fraser River and showcases the rugged interior mountains of northeastern British Columbia.
The Highway 5 passes south through the community of Valemount, on the way to Kamloops. Valemount offers visitors a range of amenities, including accommodations, restaurants, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
As the highway leaves the park, it enters the rural landscapes of British Columbia’s interior. The route passes through small communities and ranches, with the occasional stunning mountain vista. Along the way, travelers can stop at scenic viewpoints and historic sites, such as the Yellowhead Pass National Historic Site.
This east-west stretch of the Yellowhead Highway passes by the south flank of Mount Robson, and offers some stunning views of the 1954 m (12,972 ft) peak which is the highest in Canada’s lower Rockies (as opposed to a Mount Logan (which is 5,959 m or 19,550 ft) in the St Elias Mountains in the Yukon. Continuing eastward, the Yellowhead Highway passes through the Mount Robson Provincial Park, which offers visitors the chance to hike, camp, and enjoy the stunning scenery of the region.
The Yellowhead Highway #16 heads through the stunning landscapes of the Canadian Rockies, and through the Yellowhead Pass, and arrive in Jasper. You see more views of Mount Robson on the Yellowhead heading east to Jasper, and can even see Mount Robson from the 2400m Whistler’s peak at the top of the Jasper Tram, 85 km away!
Icefields Parkway Detour
Travelers can detour south on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) to pass by some of the most iconic natural attractions in Jasper National Park, such as Athabasca Falls, Columbia Icefield, and Sunwapta Falls. These sites offer opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, and exploring the beauty of the mountains.
History of the Yellowhead Highway: Tête Jaune Cache to Jasper portion
In 1969, Highway 16 was extended east from Prince George to Tête Jaune Cache and into the Yellowhead Pass and Jasper, Alberta. It was completed by 1968, though was raised to all-weather standards in 1969.
In 1987, British Columbia and the federal government began a three-year, $36-million cost-shared prject to improve safety on Yellowhead Highway 16 to reduce several steep grades, widen sections of the highways and eliminate a number of sharp curves.
Highway 5 History
In the ’60s and early ’70s, work was completed on the reconstruction of Highway 5 from Kamloops to Tête Jaune Cache.
In 1987, British Columbia and the federal government began a three-year, $36-million cost-shared prject to improve safety on Highway 5. This project reduced several steep grades, widened sections of the highways and eliminated number of sharp curves.