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Brooks Aqueduct, Brooks

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The Brooks Aqueduct is a defunct aqueduct originally built by the irrigation division of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company during the 1910s. The aqueduct stands approximately 8 kilometres south of Brooks, Alberta, Canada.OverviewThe main section of the aqueduct spans a 3.2 km valley at an average elevation of 20 metres. The intention of the aqueduct was to irrigate a section of southeastern Alberta and proved to do so for about 30 years. Its original capacity was 900 cubic foot of water per second. In 1969, the Alberta and Canadian governments assumed the responsibility of maintaining the structure under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration. Although it was thought at first that the governments would rebuild the aqueduct, which had been deteriorating for years, it was ultimately shut down and was left as it was.LegacyToday it still stands although the structure itself is no longer structurally sound and has been fenced off since the 1970s. The aqueduct and the immediate area surrounding it is now a National Historic Site of Canada.The aqueduct was one of the largest irrigation projects of its time in southern Alberta and even today, continues to serve the area with the Bassano Dam, which was a key component of the project.Sources
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  • Drove out to see this site in the dead of winter. It's technically closed but the interpretive signs are right on the roadway with some interesting trivia about the historic engineering feat. Make sur...  more »
  • A great place to kill an hour or two. Hard to believe we built this all those years ago. Really impressive up close. 
  • We stopped here on the return from our visit to Dinosaur Provincial Park. Although the site is only officially open during the summer, the site and informational displays are easily accessible from th...  more »
  • Very interesting, lots of information on the why and the how of the 3-km aqueduct (it was built to allow the canal's water to cross the valley). Nice little tourist-information booth as well.
  • Interesting piece of Alberta history. Makes a good POI to go along with an overnight stay at Tillebrook Provincial Park.
  • Very interesting to see. This has been on my list for a while and I'm glad that I finally got there.
  • A quirky piece of engineering history. Interesting story nonetheless.
  • A little taste of Alberta history.