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
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.
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
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
Last reviewed/revised: September 6, 2016