Parsnip, river, c.150 mi (240 km) long, rising in central British Columbia, Canada, and flowing northwest to join the Finlay River at Williston Lake and form the Peace River. Explored by Sir Alexander Mackenzie in 1793, it became, with the Peace River, an important fur-trade route.
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