North Saskatchewan River

Why Was the River Designated?

A 48.5 km-long section of the North Saskatchewan River within Banff National Park was designated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 1989 due to its outstanding natural and cultural heritage.

This short section of the North Saskatchewan River brings to the CHRS an outstanding representation of the glacier-fed rivers of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The river’s history includes traditional aboriginal uses of the river valley and the exploration and development of the Canadian West.