The Scarpe is a river in the Hauts-de-France region of France. It is a left-bank tributary of the river Escaut . It is approximately 100 kilometres long. The source of the river is at Berles-Monchel near Aubigny-en-Artois. It flows through the towns of Arras, Douai and Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. The river ends at Mortagne-du-Nord where it flows into the Scheldt. Scarpe Mountain in Alberta, Canada, was named after the river. The navigable waterway and its coal barges also feature in the novels by 19th century author Emile Zola.
The river was made navigable by weirs and locks over about two thirds of its length , divided into the Upper Scarpe from Arras to Corbehem, the Middle Scarpe through Douai, and the Lower Scarpe from Douai to the Escaut. The Middle Scarpe is no longer navigable, bypassed by the high-capacity Liaison Dunkerque-Escaut.
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