Bull River (British Columbia)

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Bull River
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Source Rocky Mountains
Mouth Kootenay River
 - coordinates 49°28′N 115°27′W / 49.467°N 115.450°W / 49.467; -115.450Coordinates: 49°28′N 115°27′W / 49.467°N 115.450°W / 49.467; -115.450 [1]
Length 117 km (73 mi)
Discharge for Near Wardner
 - average 32.6 m3/s (1,151 cu ft/s) [2]
 - max 388 m3/s (13,702 cu ft/s)
 - min 0.82 m3/s (29 cu ft/s)

The Bull River is a 117-kilometre (73 mi) long[3] tributary of the Kootenay River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is part of the Columbia River basin, as the Kootenay River is a tributary of the Columbia River.


The Bull River originates in the Rocky Mountains near the Continental Divide. It flows generally south and west, joining the Kootenay River east of Cranbrook.

Aberfeldie Dam[edit]

Aberfeldie Dam is a run of the river powerhouse that was built on the Bull River in 1922.[3] A new dam 27M tall was built in 1953.[4] It is operated by BC Hydro. A $95-million redevelopment was completed in 2009 increasing capacity from 5MW to 24MW.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bull River". BC Geographical Names. 
  2. ^ "Archived Hydrometric Data Search". Water Survey of Canada. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2008.  Search for Station 08NG002 Bull River near Wardner
  3. ^ a b "The Rivers - Stories". Balance of Power. 2007. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Aberfeldie Dam". Balance of Power. 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ https://www.bchydro.com/news/press_centre/news_releases/2009/bchydro_completes_new_aberfeldie_generating_station.html