Considered one of the most significant engineering feats in Canada, the Brooks Aqueduct served as a vital link in the expansive irrigation network of southwestern Alberta and is a must-see attraction when visiting the area.
This Nationally and Provincially designated Historic Site was built between 1912 and 1914. The centipede-like structure of the Aqueduct spans a shallow 3.2 km wide valley. The Aqueduct was erected by the Canadian Pacific Railway's irrigation division and was used to bring precious water to the croplands of southwestern Alberta's prairie lands. At the time it was built, it stretched the limits of engineering design and technology.
This important piece of agriculture history is located eight kilometres southeast of the town of Brooks, off Trans-Canada Highway 1 at the Tillebrook Provincial Park entrance intersection. Admission to the site is free and there is plenty of signage to provide you with information during your self-guided tour.
For more information on the Brooks Aqueduct, visit the official website here.
Photo by Neil Zeller @neil_zee