Sinclair Pass

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Sinclair Pass
Elevation1,486 m (4,875 ft)
Traversed byHighway 93
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
RangeKootenay Ranges, Canadian Rockies
Coordinates50°40′24″N 115°56′8″W / 50.67333°N 115.93556°W / 50.67333; -115.93556Coordinates: 50°40′24″N 115°56′8″W / 50.67333°N 115.93556°W / 50.67333; -115.93556
View to the south-east from the viewpoint near Sinclair Pass

Sinclair Pass (el. 1,486 m or 4,875 ft) is a high mountain pass in Kootenay National Park between the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers to the northeast of present-day Radium Hot Springs[1] in the province of British Columbia, Canada.


It was named after James Sinclair, a fur trading merchant from Red River colony. In 1841 he discovered and used the pass while leading an expedition consisting of 121 people from 23 Métis families from Red River Colony.[2] They were hired by the Pugets Sound Agricultural Company to settle outside Cowlitz Farm and Fort Nisqually in modern Washington state. This was an attempt to get the northern bank of the Columbia River awarded to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in any potential settlement in the Oregon boundary dispute.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sinclair Pass". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ Simpson 1847, p. 62.
  3. ^ Galbraith 1954, p. 252-256.


  • Galbraith, John S. (1954), "The Early History of the Puget's Sound Agricultural Company, 1838-43", Oregon Historical Quarterly, Portland, OR: Oregon Historical Society, 55 (3): 234–259
  • Simpson, George (1847), An Overland Journey Round the World, during the Years 1841 and 1842., Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard