North Saskatchewan River

North Saskatchewan River

North Saskatchewan River

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The North Saskatchewan River is a glacier-fed river that flows east from the Canadian Rockies to central Saskatchewan. It is one of two major rivers that join to make up the Saskatchewan River.

The Saskatchewan River system is the largest shared between the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. It includes most of southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, before crossing into central Manitoba.


North Saskatchewan river has a length of 1,287&nbsp;km (800&nbsp;mi), and a drainage area of 122,800&nbsp;km<sup>2</sup>. At its end point at Saskatchewan River Forks it has a mean discharge of 245&nbsp;m<sup>3</sup>/s. The yearly discharge at the Alberta/Saskatchewan border is more than 7 k m<sup>3</sup>.

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 (Highway 11), it initially turns northeast for 10 kilometres before switching to a more direct eastern flow for about 30&nbsp;km. At this point, it turns north where it eventually arrives at Abraham Lake. Bighorn Dam constricts the north end of Abraham Lake, where the North...
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