It was named "The Crossing", when travellers and fur traders used this spot to cross the North Saskatchewan River on their way to British Columbia in the 19th century.
It lies as the confluence of the North Saskatchewan River with Howse River and Mistaya River in the Canadian Rockies and is the starting point for tours on the Columbia Icefield and other scenic hiking trails.
It is the only place offering basic amenities between Lake Louise and Jasper, including gasoline, restaurant, gift shop, and lodging. However, these services are seasonal, and closed during the winter.
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