7. The Rogers Pass Avalanche

Photographer: British Columbia Archive

Year: March 1910

Location: Roger's Pass, British Columbia

Casualties: 62

Just days after the US had its deadliest avalanche ever at Wellington, Canada had its deadliest as well. On March 10, 1910, sixty two men died in an avalanche at Roger's Pass in the Selkirk Mountains, in a tragically ironic tale: The group, workers for the Canadian Pacific Railway, had been sent to the pass to clear railroad tracks after a recent avalanche. Just as they were finishing, a slide came from a neighboring mountain and sealed them, and their newly clear tracks, under the icy deluge. A team of 200 rescuers, seen above, was then sent to clear them from the railroad tracks that they had just dleared. The fall had been so quick that many bodies were found standing upright under some 30 feet of snow; several bodies were not recovered until the snow melted months later. Eventually, the Railway ran a tunnel through the area, ending the deadly dig-avalanche-repeat cycle.