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The Blaeberry River is a tributary of the Columbia River, rising in the Canadian Rockies on the south side of Howse Pass and joining the Columbia midway between the town of Golden at the confluence of the Kicking Horse River and the east foot of the Rogers Pass, at the head of Kinbasket Lake and the mouth of the Beaver River. Its length is approximately 60 kilometres.

This glacier-fed river was first used by explorer David Thompson in 1807 as Portage Creek. In 1811 another fur company explorer, Alexander Henry the younger, named it the "Blaeberry Torrent", after the abundant berry bushes seen lining its bank (these were likely huckleberries) - "Blae" is Scots English for "blue". The river has sometimes been incorrectly labelled the Blueberry River.  The Blaeberry River is home to Thompson Falls which are located approximately 7 km from the river's confluence with the Columbia River. 

Today the river offers fishing and paddling opportunities.​Species include Kokanee and Rainbow Trout.​ Hydrometric data for the Blaeberry River(link is external) is provided by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.