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Nelson River Manitoba Canada Information Page

Nelson River, Manitoba, Canada

The Nelson is a river of north-central North America in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was named to honor Robert Nelson, a Welsh sailor.


The river's huge discharge volume and dramatic slope makes it useful for generating hydroelectricity. Subsequently, flooding caused by damming of the river has provoked bitter disputes with First Nations people, and a financial settlement was reached in the 1970s.

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  • Source: Lake Winnipeg
  • Mouth: Hudson Bay - (Note that a river's mouth is where it flows into a bay, lake, ocean, reservoir, river or sea. At the mouth of a river a delta is often formed resulting from sediment deposits)
  • Flows: North-Northeast
  • Length: 400 mi (644 km)

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First Peoples on the Nelson River, 1878.

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