Pouce Coupe River
|Pouce Coupe River|
Pouce Coupe River canyon after the confluence with Saskatoon Creek
|Origin||Saddle Hills County, Alberta|
|Source elevation||860 m (2,820 ft)|
|Mouth elevation||380 m (1,250 ft)|
The Pouce Coupe River is a major tributary of the Peace River in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. Its name is officially spelled Pouce Coupé River, but it is commonly written without the acute accent.
The region of Pouce Coupe Prairie, from which the river and village of Pouce Coupe take their names, was called that for a Beaver Indian Chief named 'Pouscapee'. The first European settler in the region was Hector Tremblay, who built a cabin there in 1898. Tremblay, of French origin, translated 'Pouskapee's Prairie' into the nearest French words of similar sound (pouce coupé, meaning "cut thumb" or "cut-off thumb").
The Pouce Coupe originates in a small lake in northern Alberta, at an elevation of 860 metres (2,820 ft), in the Pouce Coupe Prairie of the southern Peace River Country, west of Spirit River and Woking, between Saddle Hills and Blueberry Hill. It flows west and receives the waters of Boone Creek before reaching the British Columbia–Alberta border.
The river then turns northwest to the village of Pouce Coupe. The Pouce Coupe Regional Park is established on the banks of the river east of the village and Highway2, at the confluence with Bissette Creek.
It receives the waters of Dawson Creek east of the city of Dawson Creek, then turns northeast, entering once again the province of Alberta, north of Highway 49. The course runs through a canyon that reaches depths of 220 metres (720 ft) in this section. Ammonite fossils harvested from the geological formations opened in the canyon can be found in the Dawson Creek Northern Alberta Railways Park museum. The river continues north and empties into the Peace River, south of Highway 64, at an elevation of 380 metres (1,250 ft).
Tributaries and crossings
From its origin to its mouth, Pouce Coupe River encounters the following tributaries and crossings:
|Boone Creek||From South, left tributary|
|Tupper River||From South, left tributary|
|British Columbia border|
|Bissette Creek||From West, left tributary|
|Pouce Coupe Regional Park||Camping|
|Briar Ridge Road||Bridge|
|Dawson Creek||From West, left tributary|
|Henderson Creek||From East, right tributary|
|Saskatoon Creek||From West, left tributary|
|Doe Creek||From West, left tributary|
|Broche Creek||From East, right tributary|