District of Athabasca

Coordinates: 57°24′18″N 105°02′13″W / 57.405°N 105.037°W / 57.405; -105.037
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District of Athabasca
District of North-West Territories

1900 map showing boundaries of Athabasca.
• Established
• Disestablished
Today part ofAlberta, Saskatchewan
1882 districts are superimposed over the 1881 map

The District of Athabasca was a regional administrative district of Canada's Northwest Territories. It was formed in 1882, was later enlarged, and then abolished with the creation of the provinces of Saskatchewan (its central-eastern part) and Alberta (western part) in 1905.[1][2] The very easternmost part is now within Manitoba.


Its northern boundary was the current southern boundary of the Northwest Territories and the western part met the boundary of British Columbia. In 1882 it included most of the northern portion of the modern-day Province of Alberta. On the south, its boundary with the District of Alberta was the 18th correction line, approximately 55° north, now designated Township Road 710.[3]

In 1895 it was expanded east to include the northern portion of the modern-day Province of Saskatchewan and part of northwestern modern-day Manitoba, and the southern boundary was moved northward.

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  1. ^ Acts of the Parliament of the Dominion of Canada, Ottawa: Brown Chamberlin Law Printer (for Canada), 1886
  2. ^ Fung, Professor of Geography, University of Saskatchewan., Dr. K.I.; Richards, J. Howard, Evolution-boundaries-1882: (1969). Atlas of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon: Modern Press., retrieved 2007-10-12{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Canadian North West", Prince Albert Times, Dec. 13, 1882

57°24′18″N 105°02′13″W / 57.405°N 105.037°W / 57.405; -105.037