Athabasca River

Why Was the River Designated?

The Athabasca River winds 1,538 km through mountains, prairies, forests and muskeg from the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park, in Alberta, to Lake Athabasca in Wood Buffalo National Park, in the Northwest Territories.

A 168-km section of the Athabasca River was designated to the CHRS in 1989 in recognition of its outstanding natural and cultural values and its importance for river recreation. The designated section lies entirely within Jasper National Park.