Parsnip River

PARSNIP RIVER, 230 km, is an important tributary of the PEACE R in northeast BC. It rises in the ROCKY MT TRENCH near MONKMAN PROVINCIAL PARK and flows northwest through a 20,000 sq km drainage area. Much of its northern valley was flooded by the WILLISTON RESERVOIR, created in 1968 after the building of the BENNETT DAM at HUDSON'S HOPE, so that it now flows into the south end of the reservoir. The river is named for the abundant wild parsnips (also called "Indian rhubarb") growing on its...

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