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North Saskatchewan River
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Fort Foundation
Edmonton, capital city of Alberta, began as a fur trading and provisioning post on the historic Saskatchewan River Route.
Fishy Facts
Frontier Fish
North America's westernmost population of lake sturgeon is found in the North Saskatchewan River.
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Its beginnings - in the meltwaters of the ancient Saskatchewan Glacier, high in the Columbia Icefields of the Rocky Mountains - speak of a land of snow and ice. But "Kisiskatchewan," the "swift-flowing river" of the Cree, travels far beyond the mountain peaks and forested foothills of the Eastern Ranges, forging a 1,287 kilometre pathway across the province of Alberta and through the heart of Saskatchewan, where it joins its South Saskatchewan sister to create the Saskatchewan's main stem. Draining an area of 122,800 square kilometres, the North Saskatchewan moves from mountain to prairie; its 48.5 kilometres of tumbling headwaters are known as a Canadian Heritage River, in recognition of their glacial beginnings, ancient tributary valleys, Canadian Rockies wildlife, whitewater rapids, and a rich historical association with mountain explorers such as David Thompson. But history is the hallmark of the entire North Saskatchewan, from the first French fur trading forts of its eastern reaches, to the upriver provisioning post that grew into the capital city of Edmonton. Navigable for almost its entire length, almost rapid-free except for its uppermost stretches, the North Saskatchewan became the fur trading route of choice through Canada's vast western interior. Today, though some of its flow has been harnessed, long stretches of the North Saskatchewan remain wild and free, ready to be enjoyed by paddlers, fishers, campers, naturalists and all those who would reflect on the river's historic role in the shaping of Canada West.