Brooks Aqueduct
National and Provincial Historic Site

Be our guest - Free admission for wildfire evacuees

Now until September 5th, 2016, regular admission fees will be waived at provincially-owned historic sites and museums for evacuees of the Alberta wildfires. Evacuees will be required to provide photo identification or a postal code as proof of residency for family admission. We hope access to our sites and museums provides an opportunity for displaced Albertans to enjoy some activities together during this difficult time.

Like a giant centipede, the Brooks Aqueduct spans a shallow 3.2 km 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.

Discover the Brooks Aqueduct National/Provincial Historic Site, and learn the fascinating story of this monumental structure.

It was erected over 90 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, and at the time, it was the largest concrete structure of its kind in the world.

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.

Interpretive guides offer site tours and public programs throughout the summer, visitor season.

View the Brooks Aqueduct virtual tour

How to find the Brooks Aqueduct

Hours of Operation
May 15 to Labour Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Wednesday to Sunday
Self-guided on Monday and Tuesday

Brooks Aqueduct
Phone: 403-362-4451 (Summer only)

For information at other times of the year, please contact:
Rick Green, Facility Supervisor, Historic Sites & Museums, Calgary Office (403) 403-297-4049

Last reviewed/revised: May 7, 2016
View of the side of the Brooks Aqueduct as it trails to the horizon.

Visit this amazing concrete structure in south-eastern Alberta.

View of the channel of the aqueduct at Brooks.

A marvel of engineering, the Brooks Aqueduct carried waters to thirsty croplands.

A family enjoys a rest at the Brooks Aqueduct

Stop and have a rest or a picnic beside the Brooks Aqueduct.