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With 180 paddlers and ground crew in 15 boats, we’ll be dipping the paddles into the nicely receding waters of the Athabasca River on the morning of Friday, June 23!  We’re so excited it’s finally here, and hope to have some spectators at the key viewing areas!  

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12 Best Places to Watch the

Fort Edmonton Canoe Brigade

June 30 to July 3, 2017

Come and catch the excitement of Canada

All times are approximate depending on weather and river flow. 

June 30:

4:30 PM – Voyageur Park in Devon, Arrival and “People in Boats” *

July 1:

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. –  Devon Lions Campground,  Devon – Pancake Breakfast plus departure, Big CANOES & the smaller tandem canoes & kayaks.            

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Terwilliger Park Foot Bridge,  Edmonton

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. – Oleskiw – Ft. Edmonton Foot Bridge

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Ft. Edmonton Park, along the river side trail

11: 15 – 11:45 p.m. – White Mud/ Laurier Parks – boat launch

12: 30 – 12:15 p.m. – Louise McKinney Park / Rafters Landing in downtown Edmonton

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. – Capilano / 50 St Park and boat launch

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Rundle / Gold Bar Park Foot Bridge

4:15 – 5: 30 p.m. – Red Coat Landing, Ft Saskatchewan, arrival ceremony and “People in Boats”


July 2:

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – departure from Red Coat Landing, Ft. Saskatchewan

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Warspite Landing – along Victoria Tr. between Hwys # 831 & 855

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Metis Crossing Campground (Hwy 855 south of Smoky Lake) – arrival ceremony & “People in Boats”


July 3:

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Victoria Settlement – arrival ceremony & “People in Boats” *


Notes:        June 30 to July 3 is  a brigade of 8-10 big fur trade style canoes, our Canada Day Paddle (Devon to Ft. Edmonton) and Metis Crossing Paddle & Campout (Warspite Ferry Landing to Metis Crossing to Victoria Settlement) is for tandem canoes and kayaks.

Arrival Ceremonies are FREE to the public

*People in Boats” is an opportunity for arrival ceremony spectators to give the Big CANOES a short try with experienced guides in the bow and stern seats.

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We just finished a tour of the brigade route, meeting with our host communities from Florenceville-Bristol to Saint John.  It was a great tour as the communities along the river are really onboard with our theme of making the brigade a true celebration of this heritage river.  Our opening in Florenceville-Bristol will immediately follow a special Canada-NB 150 event on July 15, and will feature two aboriginal groups, the Muskrat Drummers and Singers and a female singing group led by Krista Dawn Paul.   We have community suppers lined up in Woodstock, Nackawic, Gagetown, and our closing kitchen party in Saint John. We also have a couple of breakfasts and lunches arranged with our host communities.

Fredericton will be a highlight as we will be greeted by the NB Lieutenant-Governor, Her Honor Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, and we will camp on the grounds of Government House.  There are other events being organized for Fredericton as well, so stay tuned. We will be visiting a number of small communities with public wharves owned by our partner – the St. John River Society.  We hope to bring attention to the river and the potential for recreation using these wharves.

Paddling is the main attraction for a brigade and we will have lots with most days seeing us cover 40 to 50 kms, while we cover 60 km in one day.  At our start in Florenceville, the river is free flowing but quickly changes when we reach the headpond of the Mactaquac Dam.  After the dam, we encounter stretches with many small islands and finally, we reach tidal flow as we near Saint John.  We will be attempting to paddle through the Reversing Falls to our final arrival ceremony at Market Slip in Saint John Harbour, covering 280 kms in 7 days of paddling.

Stay tuned for more updates – follow us on Twitter @sjrbrigade as we tweet any new info.