Clearwater River

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The Clearwater River once played an important role in the early exploration of the region, a fact that has earned it recognition as a Heritage River. The establishment of the first trade post further north by Peter Pond paved the way for further exploration, giving rise to a thriving fur trade that transformed the river into an important waterway for transportation. Today, the pristine waters of river attract outdoors enthusiasts and adventurers of every age. While the more adventurous enjoy navigating the river's whitewater rapids, more tranquil pursuits like fishing are also popular. There is ample opportunity for activities like kayaking and canoeing as well. The river flows westward from Broach Lake in Saskatchewan until it merges with the Athabasca River at Fort McMurray. The confluence of the two rivers can be viewed from MacDonald Island Park.

Location:  Clearwater River