Mistaya River

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Mistaya River
Mistaya River before the falls
Physical characteristics
 - locationPeyto Lake
Length38 km (24 mi)
Basin features
River systemNorth Saskatchewan River

The Mistaya River is a short river in western Alberta, Canada. It flows through the Canadian Rockies, and a section of the Icefields Parkway was built along its course.

Mistaya River originates in Peyto Lake, a glacial lake of typical blue colour (due to rock flour). Mistaya flows north-west, receiving the waters of creeks such as Delta, Silverhorn, Cirque, Noyes, ChephrenTotem, Epaulette, Bison, Kaufmann and Sarback. A series of elongated lakes are formed along the river: Mistaya Lake and Waterfowl Lakes.

Mistaya merges into the North Saskatchewan River at Saskatchewan River Crossing.

From its headwaters of Peyto Creek, Mistaya River has a total length of 38 km.

The origin of the name is from the Cree language - "mistaya" meens a grizzly bear.[1] [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Koller, Brenda. The Canadian Rockies Adventure Guide.
  2. ^ Fromhold, Joachim. 2001 INDIAN PLACE NAMES OF THE WEST, Part 2: Listings by Nation.

Coordinates: 51°58′03″N 116°43′23″W / 51.96750°N 116.72306°W / 51.96750; -116.72306