Peace River

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The Peace River is a river in northern British Columbia and Alberta. It originates from Lake Williston, the reservoir formed by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. The river flows east into Alberta and then north-east to its confluence with the Athabasca River to form the Slave River. Lake Williston is primarily formed from the Parsnip River entering from the south and Findlay River entering from the north.

The river is one of the few rivers which flows through the Rocky Mountains and was considered by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a possible route through the mountains.

The river was a significant transportation route for early fur-trading and exploration. A number of forts were built along its route.


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