The New Student's Reference Work/Saskatchewan (river)

Saskatchewan (săs-kăch′ ḗ-won), a large river of Canada, draws its waters from the Rocky Mountains, and is formed by two head-waters called the south and the north branch.  The northern branch rises among the glaciers near Mt. Hooker, the southern branch from a group of springs near the same locality but a short distance to the south.  The former has a course of 770, the latter of 810, miles before they meet.  The river then flows east 282 miles to Lake Winnipeg, from which its waters are carried to Hudson Bay by Nelson River.  Including the Nelson, its whole length is 1,514 miles. Steamers run from Lake Winnipeg to Edmonton (700 miles); the Nelson is spoiled for navigation by rapids.