5 Awesome Canadian Rivers


Canada is full of amazing waterways. Our rivers and lakes are some of the cleanest in the world. They are teaming with fish and wildlife. People come to explore our countless rivers, they come to fish, to photograph and to bask in Canada’s natural beauty. Our vast wilderness awaits you.

This is a list of 5 awesome Canadian rivers, some of which are less popular than others.

mackenzie riverThe Mackenzie River:

The Mackenzie River is located in the North West Territories and runs 4,241 km (2,635 mi).  It is the longest river in Canada and is surpassed only by the Mississippi in North America.  It’s watershed drains one fifth of Canada’s water – and yet most Canadians have never and will never see this great river because it is so remote.  The Mackenzie River makes it’s debut at the Athasbasca and Peace Rivers and flows northward ending in the Arctic Ocean.  The great Mackenzie River’s unspoiled natural beauty remains timeless to this day as it is one of Canada’s most pristine and untouched waterways.

This is a link to a great website all about the Mackenzie River: http://www.mackenzieriverguide.ca/

The Saskatchewan River: saskatchwan river

The Saskatchewan River runs 1,939 km (1,205 mi) and crosses the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  This is the river that gives life to the Canadian prairies.  The River branches out at the Saskatchewan River Forks into the South and North Saskatchewan Rivers. These source rivers feed the Saskatchewan with cold glacier water which it delivers ultimately to Lake Winnipeg – the river’s destination.   The name “Saskatchewan” is Cree and means “fast flowing river”.   People love fishing on this great river – some of the species you will find include: walleye, sauger, yellow perch, northern pike, lake whitefish, mooneye, goldeye, white sucker, longnose sucker, shorthead redhorse, burbot, rainbow trout, brown trout and lake sturgeon

Here is a link to find out more about the Saskatchewan River: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saskatchewan_Riverhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saskatchewan_River

The Athabasca River: athabasca river Originating from the Canada’s famous Jasper National Park’s Columbia Glaciers Ice fields, the Athabasca is 1,231 km (765 mi) long.  It’s sediment rich waters give it a milky appearance.  It drains into the Peace-Athasbasca Delta,  in the province of Alberta.  The Athabasca River is spotted with communities like Jasper, Hinton, Whitecourt and Fort MacMurray.  I have personally traveled this mighty river on a two week kayak expedition, the shores are lined with spectacular views.  I’ve experienced it’s power first hand and have marveled in it’s breathtaking beauty. In 2009 , I was happy to see then that nature did not seem greatly affected by Alberta’s oil-sands – this river flows through them.

Here is a link for more information on the Athabasca River: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/athabasca-river/

The Missinaibi River: missinaibi riverThe Missinaibi River is a shorter river but it has a very special claim to fame.  The Missinaibi River is Canada longest natural stretch of unspoiled pristine wilderness water.  It is located in Northern Ontario and runs 426 km (265 mi) – but more impressively is that in that short span the river drops significantly with numerous portages and/or whitewater paddling opportunities.  It derives from Missinaibi lake and flows north into the Moose River which drains into the great James Bay. The Missinaibi River is a paddler’s delight but it is not for the inexperienced or the faint of heart.  The shores of certain sections of this great river have become canoe graveyards where the many wrecks line it’s banks.  Hap Wilson’ wrote a book to guide paddlers: The Missinaibi, A Journey to the Sun.  I highly recommend buying and reading this book prior to taking this journey.

This is a great link to a website that has a page all about the Missainibi River: http://www.ontario-canada-travel.com/missinaibi-provincial-park.html

The Slave Riverslave riverThe Slave River is Canada’s 5th largest river at 2,338 km
(1,453 mi) .  It’s source is Lake Athabasca in Alberta, it flows into Great Slave Lake located in the North West Territories. The Slave River is remote and untamed – it is home to some of worlds best kayaking rapids.  It boasts class I to unnavigable holes in class VI rapids.  Boaters have been killed in attempting to ride them. This river is renowned for it’s huge waves.  This is a true wilderness river – with it’s remote location and untouched beauty it waits for you to explore it.  If you dare.

For more information on the Slave River please visit:  http://www.greatcanadianrivers.com/rivers/slaveriver/slave-home.htmlhttp://www.greatcanadianrivers.com/rivers/slaveriver/slave-home.html

Photos from Wikipedia and myself.

Please share your favorite Canadian River in the comments below.

About Canadian Voyageurs

Crossing Canada by canoe. Filming our experience.

Posted on August 12, 2014, in Places to go, Things to do, Things to know and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Keep operating , wonderful occupation!


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