Alberta Community Development
Historic Sites and Archive Service
Like a giant centipede, the Brooks Aqueduct spans a shallow 3.2 kilometre valley, suspending a concrete flume 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.
Discover the Brooks Aqueduct National and Provincial Historic Site, and learn the fascinating story of this monumental structure. Erected over eighty 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.
Preserved and 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.