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Brazeau River
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The Brazeau River in Banff National Park
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Physical characteristics
Main source Cataract Pass
2,240 m (7,350 ft)
River mouth North Saskatchewan River
820 m (2,690 ft)
Length 210 km (130 mi)

The Brazeau River is a river in western Alberta, Canada. It is a major tributary of the North Saskatchewan River.

The river was named for Joseph Brazeau, a linguist associated with the Palliser Expedition.

Course

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Alberta rivers

The river originates in the heights of the Canadian Rockies from Brazeau Lake (which is fed by creeks that flow from Coronet Glacier and the Queen Elizabeth Ranges) and flows east through the Rocky Mountains foothills until it merges into the North Saskatchewan River between Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House at Brazeau Forks.

The upper course runs eastwards from Jasper National Park into Brazeau Canyon Wildland Provincial Park. The O'Chiese First Nation is established at the confluence with Nordegg River.

The total length of the river is 210 kilometres (130 mi). The river, and various other local geographic features, were named after Joseph Brazeau, a Missouri-born fur trader working for the Hudson's Bay Company in the area between 1852 and 1864.

Tributaries

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The Brazeau from Alberta Highway 40
  • Boulder Creek
  • Four Point Creek
  • Brazeau Lake
    • John-John Creek
  • Upper Longview Lake
  • Job Creek
    • Whisker Creek, Whisker Lakes, Job Lake, Leah Lake, Samson Lake
  • Isaac Creek
  • Race Creek
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A control structure at the Brazeau Reservoir

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