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Pouce Coupe River
Pouce Coupe River.JPG
Pouce Coupe River canyon after the confluence with Saskatoon Creek
Country Canada
Physical characteristics
Main source Saddle Hills County, Alberta
860 m (2,820 ft)
River mouth Peace River
380 m (1,250 ft)

The Pouce Coupe River is a major tributary of the Peace River in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. Its name is officially spelled Pouce Coupé River, but it is commonly written without the acute accent.

Originating in Alberta's Saddle Hills County, it flows into British Columbia's Peace River Regional District, then returns in Alberta in Clear Hills County, where it empties into the Peace River.

The region of Pouce Coupe Prairie, from which the river and village of Pouce Coupe take their names, was called that for a Beaver Indian Chief named 'Pouscapee'. The first European settler in the region was Hector Tremblay, who built a cabin there in 1898. Tremblay, of French origin, translated 'Pouskapee's Prairie' into the nearest French words of similar sound (pouce coupé, meaning "cut thumb" or "cut-off thumb").


The Pouce Coupe originates in a small lake in northern Alberta, at an elevation of 860 metres (2,820 ft), in the Pouce Coupe Prairie of the southern Peace River Country, west of Spirit River and Woking, between Saddle Hills and Blueberry Hill. It flows west and receives the waters of Boone Creek before reaching the British Columbia–Alberta border.

The river then turns northwest to the village of Pouce Coupe. The Pouce Coupe Regional Park is established on the banks of the river east of the village and Highway2, at the confluence with Bissette Creek.

It receives the waters of Dawson Creek east of the city of Dawson Creek, then turns northeast, entering once again the province of Alberta, north of Highway 49. The course runs through a canyon that reaches depths of 220 metres (720 ft) in this section. Ammonite fossils harvested from the geological formations opened in the canyon can be found in the Dawson Creek Northern Alberta Railways Park museum. The river continues north and empties into the Peace River, south of Highway 64, at an elevation of 380 metres (1,250 ft).

Tributaries and crossings

Pouce Coupe -Landry bridge
Landry road bridge

From its origin to its mouth, Pouce Coupe River encounters the following tributaries and crossings:

Tributary/crossings Location Remarks
Unnamed Lake 55°40′14″N 119°20′54″W / 55.67064°N 119.34843°W / 55.67064; -119.34843 (Pouce Coupe origin) Origin
Forestry Road 55°40′33″N 119°41′11″W / 55.67594°N 119.68626°W / 55.67594; -119.68626 (Forestry Road) Bridge
Boone Creek 55°40′00″N 119°53′12″W / 55.66680°N 119.88655°W / 55.66680; -119.88655 (Boone Creek) From South, left tributary
Tupper River 55°40′08″N 120°02′03″W / 55.66897°N 120.03426°W / 55.66897; -120.03426 (Tupper River) From South, left tributary
British Columbia border 55°39′48″N 120°00′03″W / 55.66334°N 120.00092°W / 55.66334; -120.00092 (British Columbia border)
Bissette Creek 55°42′40″N 120°07′20″W / 55.71124°N 120.12232°W / 55.71124; -120.12232 (Bissette Creek) From West, left tributary
Pouce Coupe Regional Park 55°42′42″N 120°07′23″W / 55.71168°N 120.12303°W / 55.71168; -120.12303 (Pouce Coupe Regional Park) Camping
Briar Ridge Road 55°42′47″N 120°07′18″W / 55.71318°N 120.12156°W / 55.71318; -120.12156 (Briar Ridge Road) Bridge
Dawson Creek 55°44′27″N 120°07′05″W / 55.74090°N 120.11801°W / 55.74090; -120.11801 (Dawson Creek) From West, left tributary
Highway 49 55°45′05″N 120°06′23″W / 55.75138°N 120.10638°W / 55.75138; -120.10638 (Dawson Creek) Bridge
Henderson Creek 55°50′51″N 120°00′46″W / 55.84762°N 120.01283°W / 55.84762; -120.01283 (Henderson Creek) From East, right tributary
Landry Road 55°51′54″N 120°01′50″W / 55.86501°N 120.03057°W / 55.86501; -120.03057 (Landry Road) Bridge
Saskatoon Creek 55°52′11″N 120°01′50″W / 55.86964°N 120.03057°W / 55.86964; -120.03057 (Saskatoon Creek) From West, left tributary
Alberta border 55°52′52″N 120°00′01″W / 55.88106°N 120.00027°W / 55.88106; -120.00027 (Alberta border)
Doe Creek 55°59′45″N 119°53′38″W / 55.99577°N 119.89380°W / 55.99577; -119.89380 (Doe Creek) From West, left tributary
Broche Creek 55°59′53″N 119°53′05″W / 55.99808°N 119.88461°W / 55.99808; -119.88461 (Broche Creek) From East, right tributary
Peace River 56°07′54″N 119°54′40″W / 56.13158°N 119.91116°W / 56.13158; -119.91116 (Pouce Coupe mouth) Mouth
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