Registration Now Open!

Preliminary Canoe and crew registration

Unattached Paddler registration

CVBS 2017 membership registration


Registration Update (Feb. 6) - we have seven crews registered and another three ready to enter.  Don’t delay as we have a maximum of 12 crews that we can accept!!

This brigade follows the St. John River, one of Canada’s Heritage Rivers, from its mid point in New Brunswick to the Bay of Fundy.  The Brigade will run from July 15 to July 22, 2017. 

The Brigade will start with an orientation day (registration and safety training) on July 15, 2017 at Florenceville, NB and finish the following Saturday, July 22 with a short paddle through the harbour in Saint John. Actual paddling will start on Sunday, July 16 and most days will see the brigade cover between 40 and 60 kilometers. We will be reviewing the route with local paddlers to ensure accessible landing spots and camping facilities are available, so there may be some changes.

 Voyageur Brigades celebrate the heritage of the river and its communities.  The St. John River, with its numerous communities along the river, is ideal for welcoming ceremonies at various stops and other forms of community participation. After leaving Florenceville, we anticipate stops in Woodstock, Nackawic, Fredericton, Gagetown, Oak Point, and a final stop in Saint John. See map here. Work continues with the various communities along the river and the St. John River Society to ensure that our Brigade is a part of their 2017 Canada 150 celebrations.

To date, the reception from communities has been great.  We are sure that we will have a number of memorable experiences including paddles under the longest covered bridge in the world, events in the capital city of Fredericton, and lots of Maritime hospitality along the route.  We are planning a great final day in Saint John with a closing banquet and a paddle through the Reversing Falls in Saint John (tides permitting).

Registration is now open.  We can only handle 12 crews as a maximum due to limited camping spaces at some of the overnight stops, so get your registration in early – first come, first served.  Crew fee is a maximum of $2400, which will include all camping fees and events along the route, with crews responsible for additional food and entertainment expenses, as well as transport to and from the event.  Early registration requires a deposit of $500 (which will be credited against the total crew fee). Crews are responsible for supplying their own canoe and paddling equipment, including necessary safety gear. More details are contained in the general plan.   Further information about events and meals will be communicated as details are finalized.

We are also looking at the possibility of some additional paddling to include PEI, including a paddle across the Northumberland Strait.  All very tentative at this stage, but stayed tuned for more information. 

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The St. John River Brigade 2017 (New Brunswick) | is part of 2017 Canadian Voyageur Brigades.