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North Saskatchewan River

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The North Saskatchewan River is a glacier-fed river flowing east from the Canadian Rockies to Lake Winnipeg. It is one of two major rivers that make up the Saskatchewan River. The North Saskatchewan has been designated a Canadian Heritage River for its importance in opening up western Canada.

Course

  • The river begins above 1,800 metres at the toe of the Saskatchewan Glacier in the Columbia Icefield, and flows southeast through Banff National Park alongside the Icefields Parkway.
  • At the junction of the David Thompson Highway (#11), it initially turns northeast for 10 kilometres before switching to a more direct eastern flow for about 30 km. At this point, it turns north where it eventually arrives at Abraham Lake.
  • The north end of Abraham Lake is constricted by the Big Horn Dam, where the North Saskatchewan emerges to track eastward to Rocky Mountain House.
  • At Rocky Mountain House, the river abruptly turns north again for 100 km where it switches east towards Edmonton, Alberta.
  • In Edmonton, the river passes through the center of the city in a northeasterly direction and out towards Smoky Lake at which point it quickly changes to the southeast and then more to the east as it makes it way to the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.
  • From the Saskatchewan boundary, the river flows southeast past North Battleford and on towards Saskatoon.
  • About 40 km from Saskatoon, the river turns to the northeast where it passes through Prince Albert.
  • Around 30 km east of Prince Albert, the North Saskatchewan River joins the South Saskatchewan River to become the Saskatchewan River. From here, the river flows east to Tobin Lake.ja:ノースサスカチュワン川
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