Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums

Brooks Aqueduct
National and Provincial Historic Site


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)
Email: rick.green@gov.ab.ca

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 5, 2015
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.