Petitot River

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Petitot is a river in northern Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. It is a tributary of the Liard River.[1]

Petitot River in western Canada
Petitot River looking toward the Liard River

Petitot River originates from Bistcho Lake in northwestern Alberta, and flows westwards along the northern borders of Alberta and British Columbia. It then passes in the Northwest Territories, where it discharges in the Liard River at the village of Fort Liard. From there, its waters are carried to the Arctic Ocean through the Mackenzie River.

The river takes its name from Father Émile Petitot,[2] one of the first European to reach the area in 1867–68. The name in the Dene language of the Slavey First Nations is mbehcholah, "The Black".[3]

It has a total length of 404 kilometres (251 mi) and a drainage area of 23,200 square kilometres (9,000 sq mi).[4]


  • Thinahtea Lake Creek
  • July Lake Creek
  • Sahdoanah Creek
  • Thetlaandoa Creek
  • Tsea River
  • Dilly Creek
  • D'Easum Creek

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Petitot River". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ Placenames of Alberta Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine - Petitot River
  3. ^ Hamlet of Fort Liard - Petitot River
  4. ^ "Rivers". The Atlas of Canada. Archived from the original on 20 May 2006.

Coordinates: 60°14′00″N 123°29′06″W / 60.23333°N 123.48500°W / 60.23333; -123.48500 (Petitot River mouth)