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The Clearwater River of southwestern Alberta

Clearwater is a river of southern Alberta, Canada. Situated entirely in the Canadian Rockies and the Rocky Mountain foothills of Alberta, it is a glacier fed upper reach tributary of the North Saskatchewan River. The upper reach of the Clearwater has become popular for equestrian travelers due to the natural setting along the river.


When measuring from Trident Lake, the Clearwater River has a length of 203 kilometres (126 mi) and descends 350 metres (1,150 ft) to its end at Rocky Mountain House.

  • The river begins in Banff National Park on the southern slope of Mount Willingdon immediately into the Devon Lakes at Clearwater Pass.
  • From the Devon Lakes it flows 11 kilometres (7 mi) and descends 400 metres (1,300 ft) to Clearwater Lake.
  • About 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) after Clearwater Lake and 50 metres (160 ft) down the river hits Trident Lake, where it becomes navigable by canoe.
  • After traveling 15 kilometres (9 mi) east and descending 120 metres (390 ft), the river exits Banff National Park.
  • The river travels east 18 kilometres (11 mi) more and descends 150 metres (490 ft) before turning north and exiting the Ram Range in the Rocky Mountain Foothills.
  • About 20 kilometres (12 mi) further along, the river turns east again and meets its first road around Idlewild Mountain.
  • About 70 kilometres (43 mi) later, the river turns northwest.
  • About 30 kilometres (19 mi) further, the river empties into the North Saskatchewan River.


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