Like a giant
centipede, the Brooks Aqueduct spans a shallow 3.2-kilometres-wide valley, suspending a
concrete sling twenty metres above the parched prairie landscape. Once filled to
overflowing with precious water bound for the thirsty croplands of southwestern
Alberta, today it holds only memories.
Brooks Aqueduct National/Provincial Historic Site, and learn the fascinating
story of this monumental structure. Erected over 80 years ago by the
Canadian Pacific Railway's irrigation division to serve as a vital link in its
expansive irrigation network, the aqueduct stretched the limits of engineering
design and technology then, just as it stretches the imagination today.
interpreted through the combined efforts of the Government of Alberta,
Environment Canada, the Eastern Irrigation District, and the Prairie Farm
Rehabilitation Administration, the Brooks Aqueduct stands as a monument to
pioneers who developed the region.
You can find the
Brooks Aqueduct 8 kilometres southwest of Brooks, off Trans-Canada Highway 1.
Winter: Remington-Alberta Carriage Centre