Along Alberta’s Highway 93, between Jasper and Banff, is a bridge called Saskatchewan Landing. The view from the bridge, with channels running through small islands, sandbanks covered with trees, was striking, even in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain environment. We shortly pulled out our phones, me to take pictures and my travelling companion to do research.
The river flowing beneath us was the North Saskatchewan. It originates from a Rocky Mountain glacier, called, not surprisingly, the Saskatchewan Glacier. We had seen that glacier, high in the mountains, just a bit earlier in our trip. It seems that the North Saskatchewan flows on to meet the South Saskatchewan River about 45 kilometres north of the city of Prince Albert. After flowing eastward, on through the province of Manitoba, the river we were standing above eventually flows into Hudson’s Bay.