Tête Jaune Cache is a small community located 20 km (12.5
miles) north of Valemount
on Hwy 5 and 63 km (40 miles) east of McBride
and 104 km (65 miles) west of Jasper, Alberta on Hwy 16.
The words Tête Jaune translated means 'Yellow Head' referring
to the Iroquois Métis guide named Pierre Bostonais (also
recorded as Pierre Hastination) who was employed by the Hudson's
Bay Company to cross the Rocky Mountains in 1819. Pierre Bostonais
(Pierre Hastination) had long blonde hair and was nicknamed Tete
Jaune or 'Yellow Head' by the other French voyageurs.
and Fraser Rivers
Tête Jaune Cache is situated at the confluence of the Robson
and Fraser Rivers. Both of these rivers provide ample recreational
activities including canoeing, white-water kayaking, exploring and
Other outdoor recreational activities that you can do in the summer
and spring include: quad riding, horse-riding, ATV tours, motorcycle,
cycling and mountain biking. During the winter you have heli-skiing,
Cat-skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding tours, snowshoeing, cross-country
skiing and snowmobiling.
Hwy 5 and Hwy 16
Tête Jaune Cache is also where the Yellowhead Hwy 5 that goes
to the prairies and western British Columbia meets the Yellowhead
Hwy 16 travelling along the North Thompson River. From Tête
Jaune Cache, you can either travel south to Kamloops,
west to Prince George or east to
Canada's highest peak in the Rocky Mountains called Mount Robson
is located about 14 km (9 miles) east of Tête Jaune Cache
in Mount Robson Provincial Park. This provincial park has a number
of world-class trails venturing into the 3,954 metres (12,972 feet)
Along the way to Mount Robson you will also be able to see Mount
Terry Fox from Hwy 16. There is a vehicle pull out available on
Hwy 16 about 7 km west of entering Mount Robson Provincial Park.
The vehicle pullout features a lookout point if you would like to
take photos of Mount Robson and Mount Terry Fox.
Terry Fox Provincial Park
Mount Terry Fox Provincial Park is named after Terry Fox a British
Columbian from Port Coquitlam, who ran across Canada in aid of cancer
research and died on June 28th, 1981. The park features a 13-km
(8-mile) round-trip hike, highlighting very impressive views of
2,650 metres (8,700 feet) high Mount Terry Fox.
If you would like to stay in Tête Jaune Cache, there are a
few B&B's, lodges and accommodation in the nearby area.
A favourite is Tete Jaune Lodge, which has affordable accommodation,
the famous Riverside Restaurant and campground. The campground features
RV water and power hook-ups, some tenting sites plus has no-cost
showers and flush toilets available.
If things are full in Tête Jaune Cache, Valemount is a little
larger plus has a few more options for RV camping and is only 20
km (12.5 miles) away. iRVins a favourite stop for an RV site is
located on the north side of Valemount off Hwy 5.
Valemount also has a number of eco-tourism opportunities including
horse-riding, backcountry skiing and hiking in the nearby mountains.
If you enjoy golfing Valemount also contains the two golf courses
in the area: the 9-hole Valemount Pines Golf Club and the 9-hole
For tourist services as well, you'll have better luck in Valemount
if you require anything. Most of the banking, more accommodation
options as well as larger grocery stores and service stations featuring
lower gas prices can be found here.
Information on Tête Jaune Cache