The ultimate Canadian rivers quiz

They’ve helped shape our nation, dictating how First Nations and immigrants travelled and settled.

They’re a vital source of the country’s electrical power and water supply.

And they’re home to some of our favourite recreational pursuits. Canada’s rivers, big and small, are an integral part of our lives.

Join the Canadian Wildlife Federation as we celebrate Canadian Rivers Day (June 12) and Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8 to 14) by exploring your Canadian waterway wisdom. Rivers to Oceans Week raises awareness about the importance of Canada’s waters and reminds us that safeguarding the quality of all water flowing across our land is crucial to the health of our oceans. You can find out about activities taking place across the country and how you can get involved supporting CWF’s water conservation efforts by visiting

Think you know the country’s waterways inside out? Here’s your chance to prove just how well. Try navigating these 25 questions. Are you a river rat or landlubber? Take our ultimate quiz and find out.


1. Nearly half of the total flow of the country’s rivers drains north into the Arctic Ocean,

Hudson Bay or James Bay. True or false?

2. What river in Atlantic Canada famously reverses its flow?

3. Plans for a hydroelectric development on a Quebec river in the early 1970s were eventually suspended indefinitely because of opposition from First Nations and environmentalists. Name the river.

4. Name the river that inspired these lyrics from a famous Canadian song.

“Let my heart sing an old river song

As we journey back where I belong,

Where the wind comes to say

To the river each day

Roll on, roll on…”

5.True or false: Canada’s longest river is the third longest in the world.

6. What British Columbia river saw its expected returns of sockeye salmon plummet by about 90 per cent in 2009?

7. Name the major Canadian river feared to be at risk to invasive species because of a unilateral U.S. decision to divert the waters of North Dakota’s Devils Lake into its watershed.

8. What percentage of water in the South Saskatchewan River has been allocated for urban and agricultural uses?

a) 50 c) 70

b) 60 d) 80

9. Name the major Canadian river that flows into the world’s largest estuary.

10. The endangered Furbish’s lousewort is found only along the shores of what major river? (Hint: It’s Atlantic Canada’s longest river.)

11. What was the name of the fictional town that served as the setting for the Canadian sitcom “Corner Gas”?

a) Cat River c) Moose River

b) Dog River d) White River

12. What river figures prominently in the works of awarding-winning author David Adams Richards?

13. True or false: Late in 2009, scientists reported pollution levels in Alberta’s Athabasca River had increased as a direct result of nearby oil sands development.

14. Name the home river of legendary Canadian angling writer and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown

a) Campbell River, B.C.

b) Grand River, Ontario

c) Hillsborough River, P.E.I.

d) Cowichan River, B.C.

15. Which of these rivers does not flow into the Pacific Ocean?

a) Yukon River c) Columbia River

b) Fraser River d) Liard River

16. Canada produces more hydroelectric power than any other nation. True or false?

17. Name the famous National Film Board animated short created in 1979 about a river career of yore.

18. Put these Canadian rivers in order from longest to shortest.

a) Churchill River, Saskatchewan/Manitoba

b) Mackenzie River, Northwest Territories

c) Nelson River, Manitoba

d) Peace River, British Columbia/Alberta

e) St. Lawrence River, Ontario/Quebec

19. The border between Canada and the U.S. runs along this river between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

20. Every year, Canadian rivers discharge what percentage of the world’s renewable water supply?

a) 7 c) 22

b) 14 d) 35

21. Which province has the greatest number of hydroelectric dams?

22. Roughly what percentage of mature American eels, an endangered species, is killed when they pass through turbines at dams on the St. Lawrence River?

a) 20 c) 40

b) 30 d) 50

23. True or false: Canada has rivers that eventually drain into the Gulf of Mexico.

24. Run-off from what industry is believed to be responsible for numerous fish kills (and damage to other species) over the last decade in Prince Edward Island?

25. What river was the first designated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1986?

a) French River, Ontario

b) Humber River, Newfoundland

c) Elbow River, Alberta

d) Ottawa River, Ontario/Quebec

– Aaron Kylie, Canadian Wildlife Federation

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