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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 aqueduct was intended to irrigate a section of southeastern Alberta, which it did for about 30 years. Its original capacity was. 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.Sourceshttps://web.archive.org/web/20090430101714/http://www.eidnet.org/local/aqueduct/index.htmhttps://web.archive.org/web/20090429142201/http://www.eidnet.org/local/aqueduct/stats.htmhttps://web.archive.org/web/20090430101658/http://www.eidnet.org/local/aqueduct/fateba.htmhttp://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0011268
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  • Totally awesome ! So cool seeing the history . Only minutes from down town. Pack a lunch and explore !  more »
  • Interesting history of the aqueduct is displayed at the site and if you are in the area it's worth a visit.  more »
  • A must see when visiting Brooks Alberta. An engineering wonder. The new aquaduct is right along side it.  more »
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  • I grew up beside the aqueduct & still love it. It is an amazing structure & I wish it could have been repaired instead of being replaced by a canal. I am glad that it is a Heritage Site & has information for people to read about its history.
  • Ok, I totally made fun of this place unitl we went, it was actually really neat. Lots of cool historical information. Even the kids enjoyed it.
  • One of the most interesting landmarks in Alberta!
  • Super cool spot to stop with the kids. Lots of signage and very friendly people staffing the site. Neat piece of history.
  • Great way to see the prairie

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