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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Rivers
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1996-98
Available in French: No

The Milk River has inspired awe for millennia, evidenced by its remarkable collection of ancient rock art framed by the evocative landscape of the badlands. The river is the lifeblood of the valley, both for the ranchers who irrigate its waters for survival and for the myriad of species that call the prairies home. The 1173 kilometre-long river has its source in Montana, snakes into Alberta and then curves gently eastward, where it finally meets the Missouri River. The Bow River means many things to many people. It begins its 507-kilometre trek in the Rocky Mountains, and winds its way through the peaks of Banff National Park before heading across the foothills and prairies of southern Alberta. It is a source of power for the city of Calgary, it provides drinking and irrigation water to many communities along its length. The Bow River was named for the Cree Indians who made bows from Douglas firs that grew along its banks. The Athabasca is the longest and largest river in Alberta, and one of few in Western North America unaltered by human impoundment. The River begins and ends at two of the most spectacular and significant natural features in the world. It rises in the Columbia Icefield, the hydrological apex of North America, and finally empties into Lake Athabasca and the 4100 square kilometre Peace-Athabasca Delta, one of the largest inland freshwater deltas in the world.

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