Blaeberry River

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This article is about the Blaeberry River, sometimes known as the Blueberry River. For the Blueberry River in northeastern British Columbia, see Blueberry River (British Columbia). For other Blueberry Rivers, see Blueberry River.
Blaeberry River
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Source Near Howse Pass
Mouth Columbia River
 - coordinates 51°25′N 117°5′W / 51.417°N 117.083°W / 51.417; -117.083Coordinates: 51°25′N 117°5′W / 51.417°N 117.083°W / 51.417; -117.083 [1]
Discharge for above Willowbank Creek
 - average 16.7 m3/s (590 cu ft/s) [2]
 - max 137 m3/s (4,838 cu ft/s)
 - min 1.06 m3/s (37 cu ft/s)

The Blaeberry River is a tributary of the Columbia River in the Columbia Country of British Columbia, Canada, rising in the Canadian Rockies on the south side of Howse Pass and joining the Columbia midway between the town of Golden, at the confluence of the Kicking Horse River, and the east foot of the Rogers Pass, at the head of Kinbasket Lake and the mouth of the Beaver River. Its length is about 60 kilometres (37 mi).

Known to explorer David Thompson in 1807 as Portage Creek, in 1811 another fur company explorer, Alexander Henry the younger, named it the "Blaeberry Torrent", after the abundant berry bushes seen lining its bank (these were likely huckleberries) - "Blae" is Scots English for "blue". The river has sometimes been incorrectly labelled the Blueberry River.

Blaeberry Falls is on the lower reaches of the river, approximately 7 kilometres (4 mi) up from its confluence with the Columbia.


  • Ebon Creek
  • Parapet Creek
  • Wildcat Creek
  • Collie Creek
  • Ensign Creek
  • Mummery Creek
  • Martin Creek
  • Split Creek
  • Willowbank Creek
  • Redburn Creek
  • Hedberg Creek

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Blaeberry River". BC Geographical Names. 
  2. ^ "Archived Hydrometric Data Search". Water Survey of Canada. Retrieved October 19, 2008.  Search for Station 08NB012 Blaeberry River above Willowbank Creek