Snaring River

Coordinates: 53°00′50″N 118°04′31″W / 53.01389°N 118.07528°W / 53.01389; -118.07528
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Snaring River
The Snaring River in Jasper National Park
Physical characteristics
 • locationColonel Pass
 • coordinates53°04′56″N 118°42′28″W / 53.08222°N 118.70778°W / 53.08222; -118.70778
 • elevation1,084 m (3,556 ft)
 • location
Athabasca River
 • coordinates
53°00′50″N 118°04′31″W / 53.01389°N 118.07528°W / 53.01389; -118.07528
 • elevation
1,039 m (3,409 ft)
The Snaring River near its confluence with the Athabasca River

The Snaring River is a medium-sized river in the Canadian Rockies. It runs through parts of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. The Snaring River is a significant tributary of the Athabasca River. The Snaring is named after a former local tribe of first nations people who lived in dugouts and trapped animals with snares.[1]


The Snaring River rises in the northwestern section of Jasper National Park, near the British Columbia border. It flows east-southeast before joining the Athabasca River. The Snaring is fed by meltwater of numerous peaks, including Mount McCord, Mount Beaupré, Mount Knight, Mount Rutherford, and Snaring Mountain. The small Harvey Lake also drains into the Snaring.[2] A campground run by Parks Canada is on the Snaring near the Yellowhead Highway.[3]

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  1. ^ Karamitsanis, Aphrodite (1991). Place Names of Alberta, Volume 1. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, pg. 228
  2. ^ Mussio Ventures. Central Alberta Backroad Mapbook. Burnaby: Backroad Mapbooks (2002)
  3. ^ "Tent and RV Camping - Jasper National Park". Parks Canada. Retrieved 2023-02-19.