Canoe River is a tributary of the Columbia River in British Columbia, Canada.
reach is flooded by Mica
Dam. The lower Canoe River is called Canoe
Reach, part of the Mica Dam's reservoir, Kinbasket Lake.
Map of the Columbia drainage Basin with the Columbia River
highlighted and showing the major tributaries.
The Canoe River, its the northernmost tributary, joins the
Columbia at the Big Bend where the river turns south
River begins in the Cariboo Mountains, west of Valemount, British Columbia, and flows east to the vicinity of Valemount, then
southeast to join the Columbia River at the "Big Bend" of the
Columbia, just upriver from Mica Dam.
The reservoir created
by Mica Dam, Kinbasket Lake, extends up the Canoe River nearly to
Valemount. This impounded portion of the river is called the Canoe
Reach of Kinbasket Lake. Although originally the mouth of the Canoe
River was at the Big Bend of the Columbia, today it is said to be
at the northern end of Canoe Reach.
The main tributaries of Canoe River and Canoe Reach include Camp
Creek, Packsaddle Creek, Dave Henry Creek, Yellowjacket Creek,
Bulldog Creek, Ptarmigan Creek, Hugh Allan Creek, Grouse Creek,
Windfall Creek, Howard Creek, Foster Creek (flows into Foster Arm),
Dawson Creek, and, right at Big Bend, Wood River (flows into Wood
Canoe River, in the form of Canoe Reach, occupies the Rocky Mountain
Trench, the same valley as the upper Fraser River and its tributary the McLennan
River, which reaches to Valemount.
The Canoe River and Camp
Creek, one of its main tributaries, drain a region just north and
east of the headwaters of the North
River was named by David
Thompson, who spent the winter at Boat Encampment near the river's mouth in 1811.From the early 1820's
until 1846 the Canoe River was a well travelled section of the
York Factory Express HBC
overland trade route between London via Hudson's Bay and Fort Vancouver on the lower Columbia
Map of the route of the York Factory Express, 1820s to
Modern political boundaries shown.
- Canoe River, BCGNIS Geographical Name