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The 90-km/56-mi drive to the Mount Robson Visitor Centre takes travellers to Mt Robson Provincial Park, a 830-sq mi mountain showcase named for the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. From Jasper, take Yellowhead Hwy 16 west 30 km/ 19 mi to Yellowhead Pass (1066 m/3500 ft) atop the Continental Divide. Beyond is Portal Lake picnic site. Soon after crossing into British Columbia you reach Yellowhead Lake. The highway then crosses the upper Fraser River. This trickle eventually becomes one of Canada’s major waterways, draining 25 per cent of the province as it flows west to the Pacific Ocean. At Moose Lake pull-out, waterfalls create a photogenic backdrop; the east end marsh is prime wildlife habitat. Farther west, take the short stroll to Overlander Falls. At Mount Robson find an information/interpretive centre, lodging, restaurant and gift/food store. The impressive peak rises to 3954 m/12,970 ft across a meadow. Kinney Lake is 4.5 km/2.8 mi along the Berg Lake Trail that begins behind the visitor centre. Option: Continue on Hwy 16 to Rearguard Falls; in Aug and Sept see Chinook salmon that travelled 1200 km/746 mi upriver to spawn here. Turn left at Hwy 5 to the town of Valemount.