Valemount is a village located in British Columbia, Canada, near the Alberta border, and located about 20 km (15 minutes) south of the highway junction of #16 and #5 at Tete Jaune Cache
The area that is now Valemount has a long history, dating back thousands of years to when it was home to the Secwepemc and Carrier First Nations peoples. European fur traders arrived in the area in the early 1800s, and a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was established nearby in 1823.
In the late 1800s, prospectors began exploring the region for minerals and resources, and a small settlement grew up around the trading post. In the early 1900s, the Canadian National Railway was constructed through the area, and the settlement began to grow more rapidly. The town was officially incorporated as Valemount in 1962, taking its name from a combination of “valley” and “mountain”.
Throughout its history, Valemount has been a hub for transportation and resource extraction. The Yellowhead Highway, which runs through the village, was completed in 1970 and has helped to connect Valemount to other communities in the region. The town has also been home to a sawmill, a pulp mill, and a variety of other industries over the years.
Today, Valemount is primarily a tourist destination, known for its proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing. The village is also home to several museums and historical sites that showcase the area’s history, including the Valemount Museum, which features exhibits on the local First Nations people, the fur trade, and the construction of the Yellowhead Highway and Canadian National Railway.