Athabasca UniversityLois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library

Map of Alberta with the Athabasca River Basin highlighted

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ARBRI, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada

Athabasca River Basin

The Athabasca River Basin (ARB) occupies an area of 133,000 square kilometres within central and northern Alberta, with a small portion in north-western Saskatchewan. The Athabasca River originates in the Columbia Ice Fields and ends in Lake Athabasca. The waters eventually reach the Arctic Ocean via the Mackenzie River. The Athabasca River is 1,230 km long. Its tributaries consist of 101 rivers, more than 150 named creeks, and more than 153 named lakes. Over 150,000 people live in the ARB; in one city (Fort McMurray), 12 towns (Athabasca, Barrhead, Edson, Jasper, High Prairie, Hinton, Lac La Biche, Mayerthorpe, Slave Lake, Swan Hills, Westlock, and Whitecourt), and more than 75 villages and other government jurisdictions.

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