Mackenzie River

Inuvik shore, Northwest Territories Canada

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“The longest river system in Canada”

The Mackenzie River (Slavey language: Deh-Cho [tèh], big river or Inuvialuktun: Kuukpak [kuːkpɑk], great river) is the largest and longest river system in Canada, and is exceeded only by the Mississippi River system in North America. It flows through a vast, isolated region of forest and tundra entirely within the country's Yukon and Northwest Territories, although its many tributaries reach into four other Canadian provinces and territories. The river's mainstem runs in a northerly direction to the Arctic Ocean, draining a vast area nearly the size of Indonesia. It is the largest river flowing into the Arctic from North America, and with its tributaries is one of the longest rivers in the world.

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Mackenzie River

Inuvik shore
Northwest Territories

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