South Saskatchewan River

South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon

The South Saskatchewan River (French rivière Saskatchewan Sud, dt "Southern Saskatchewan River " ) is a river in western Canada with a total length of 886 km.

With its headwaters Bow River it has a length of 1392 km. It originates in the south of the province of Alberta from the confluence of the Bow River and Oldman River, both of which have their origin in the Rocky Mountains. Then it flows through Medicine Hat continues in the province of Saskatchewan. There he passed the city of Saskatoon and unites east of Prince Albert with the North Saskatchewan River to the Saskatchewan River. The South Saskatchewan River played an important role in the development of the West of Canada by European settlers.

The river flows through the Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.

Hydropower plants

The Gardiner Dam impounds South of Saskatoon on the South Saskatchewan River to Lake Diefenbaker. Here lies the Coteau Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant. It was completed in 1968 and has three 63 MW Francis turbines. It is operated by SaskPower.