Peace River

Peace River at Peace River

Catchment area of ​​the Peace River in western Canada

The Peace River ( English for " Peace River "; French Rivière de la Paix ) is a 1521 km long river in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.

With its source river Finlay River is 1923 km long and it flows into the Slave River near its confluence with the Lake Athabasca.


The river, which is part of the river system of the Mackenzie River, the entfließt located in British Columbia in the Rocky Mountains Williston Lake, a reservoir, the largest tributaries of the Finlay River and the Parsnip River are. From W. - A. - C. Bennett Dam, which is located at its eastern arm, the Peace River flows in a northeasterly direction through Alberta where it receives the waters of the opening into him Smoky River and Wabasca River to the Slave River.

The catchment area of the Peace River covers 302,500 km ².

Different names for a river

Had The river itself for many northern tribes such as the Daneẕaa ( Dunneza - The real ( prototypical ) people ' - "the true, prototypical people", formerly called Beaver ), South Slavey ( Deh Cho - "people of the great river, that is, on Mackenzie River " ), Dogrib ( Done, Dene - " people "or Done Do - " Dene people ' ), Chipewyan ( Denesuline, Denésoliné, Dënesųłiné - " people of the barren, desolate land" ) and Sekani ( Tse'khene - "people in the rocky mountains ").

As historian Merrily Aubrey emphasized the importance of the river is attested among the different indigenous tribes by the several names that were given to the river by this.

The upriver living Daneẕaa for the so- called the vital flow due to its size simply Ungeega, which literally means simply " Big River " means.

Another source reported that the South Slavey the river, however, as Chin- Chago - which allegedly Beautiful river means (see: William Ogilvie ) - designated. Today, a tributary of the River Hay River Chinchaga is called.

The now common English name as Peace River derives from Peace Point at the confluence with the Slave River from where between the warring Daneẕaa and in whose territory encroaching Cree, a peace treaty was concluded in 1781, of the river as boundary between the two tribes sealed.

The Hudson 's Bay Post Journal from 1822 calls the river but still Rivière de Broche what the French word for pike itself - brochet - derived, an important food fish and the immediate interest of the English and French, this in as a source of food for their companies to use fur trade.

Places on the river

  • Fort St. John, British Columbia
  • Peace River, Alberta
  • Fort Vermilion, Alberta