James River (Alberta)

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James River
James River AB1.JPG
The James River near Sundre, Alberta
Country Canada
Physical characteristics
Main source James Lake
1,673 m (5,489 ft)
51°43′55″N 115°25′56″W / 51.73194°N 115.43222°W / 51.73194; -115.43222
River mouth Red Deer River
1,027 m (3,369 ft)
51°54′31″N 114°33′51″W / 51.90861°N 114.56417°W / 51.90861; -114.56417 (Sturgeon River mouth)Coordinates: 51°54′31″N 114°33′51″W / 51.90861°N 114.56417°W / 51.90861; -114.56417 (Sturgeon River mouth)

The James River is a medium-sized river in central Alberta. It is a tributary of the Red Deer River.

Species of fish commonly found: Brown trout,Rainbow trout,Mountain whitefish,Northern Pike and a few others. It forms in the Rocky Mountains and flows eastward before joining the Red Deer River. The Forestry Trunk Road follows the river for much of its course. The James River is also bridged by Alberta Highway 22 near the unincorporated community of James River Bridge. The James River, as well as James Pass and James Lake, are named after James Dickson, a Stoney Chief who signed Treaty 7 with the Canadian government in 1877.[1][2]


The James River near Sundre, Alberta
  • Bridgeland Creek
  • Windfall Creek
  • Willson Creek
    • Sawtooth Creek
  • South James River
    • Parker Creek
  • Teepee Pole Creek
  • Stony Creek
    • Burnstick Lake
  • Pekse Creek

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aubrey, Merrily. Place Names of Alberta: Volume IV, Northern Alberta. (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1996), Page 124.
  2. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 68.