NELSON RIVER, a river of Keewatiu district, Canada, discharging the waters of Lake Winnipeg in a north-easterly direction into Hudson Bay. It drains an area of 360,000 sq. m. and, including its tributary the Saskatchewan, is 1450 m. long. It is navigable for small steamers for a distance of about 80 m., after which it is unnavigable except for canoes. It has a total fall between the lake and sea of 7 10 ft. Here its chief tributary is the Burntwood. Norway House at its source and York Factory at its mouth are important stations of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)