Cascade River (Alberta)

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Cascade River
The Cascade River in Stewart Canyon
Country  Canada ( Alberta)
Basin features
Main source Bonnet Glacier/Badger Pass
2,174 m (7,133 ft)
51°25′29″N 115°50′28″W / 51.42472°N 115.84111°W / 51.42472; -115.84111
River mouth Bow River
1,361 m (4,465 ft)
51°09′59″N 115°28′43″W / 51.16639°N 115.47861°W / 51.16639; -115.47861Coordinates: 51°09′59″N 115°28′43″W / 51.16639°N 115.47861°W / 51.16639; -115.47861

The Cascade River is a medium-sized river in southwestern Alberta, Canada. It originates in the Canadian Rockies, flows through Lake Minnewanka, and in turn, joins the Bow River.

The Cascade River is formed from the glacial melt of Flints and Bonnet Peaks, as well as Block Mountain. Glacial lakes that drain into the Cascade include Goat Lake, Sawback Lake, Elk Lake, and Cuthead Lake. The river also takes on Stoney Creek before entering the dramatic Stewart Canyon, then draining into Lake Minnewanka.

The Cascade River is named after Cascade Mountain. The mountain was named by Sir James Hector, who took the native name which meant "mountain where the water falls" and abbreviated the term to Cascade.[1]


  1. ^ Karamitsanis, Aphrodite (1991). Place Names of Alberta, Volume 1. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, pg. 42

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