On 1/29/2017 12:12 PM, Norm Crerar wrote:

Hello all! 

You may get this note twice as I have put all the committee names and Voyageur Canoe Team contacts on the To; address bar.  I have had a number of requests from folks on the list for someone else’s contact info.  If you know of someone who is not on the list but should be, please let me know.

Plans are moving forward for our event and the timetable has not changes from the last update.  I do plan on another trip to Prince George and Ft St James to speak with the folks helping out with the many parts of the Brigade.  I plan on being in Ft St James at the time of a big dog sled event end of Feb, this not because I am a big dog racing fan but more to visit my sister and to witness FSJ under a bit of stress with an influx of heaps of people.  I will finalize my plans in a couple of weeks and set up times to meet the PG and FSJ folks at a convenient time and place for everyone.

I have been asked by a couple of the team contacts for an opinion of the difficulty of the water on the Stuart and Nechako Rivers.  Perhaps one or more of the recipients of this note that can help us with a “reply to all” I am sure it would be appreciated.



On 12/7/2016 12:48 PM, Norm Crerar wrote:

Hello all!

You are on this update list as you have either contacted me and asked to be on the update or your name has been forwarded to me as a possible interested party.  As well, on the Cc..line are the members of the organizing group working in the area of Prince George to Fort St. James.

Here is the first update:

  • The Fort to Fort Brigade (F2F) will run from Fort St. James (FSJ) to Prince George (PG) June 6/7/8, 2017
  • Teams should plan on being at FSJ no later than noon June 5.  A private camping area has been booked near the HBC Historical Fort and there is room to camp at the Historical Fort so most of the teams can be accommodated and this will be at no charge.  As well, there is a small municipal camp ground very near the Historical Fort that has a nightly charge for those bringing campers/motor homes, Etc.
  • There will be a Captains meeting early afternoon June 5th to go over timetables, safety, camping, etc. and the ceremonial/historical activities
  • This Brigade will be a simple as we can make it.  There will be no outside agencies to join, no t-shirts to buy and no decals or flags to purchase.  The Captains of each team and the teams themselves need to be prepared to look after themselves as a self-contained unit, be prepared to help out for the benefit of the whole and pitch in to make the trip a success. 
  • Teams are encouraged to produce their own t-shirts for the F2F Brigade, bring their own flags, Canadian/BC/Alberta/Sask/Man/NWCo/ etc. as we will need them for the ceremonial arrival at the FSJ Fort 5 PM or so June 5th and at The Exploration Place in PG June 8.  Most teams have their own logo decals in place or will have.
  • Camping areas for the nights of June 6 and 7 have been arranged for by some very active and well connected folks in our organizing group.  These camping spots will be at no charge and have good vehicle access.  As well, look forward to some very knowledgeable folks on the F2F Brigade that will introduce us to the local HBC Fort history, history of the Stuart/Nechako/Fraser waterways and  lots of other bits and pieces.
  • Portable toilets are being arranged for and everyone will be expected to contribute to the cost.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of each person or team to arrange.

Here is a preliminary timetable:

June 4, Sunday – Arrival of advance crews

June 5, Monday – morning, local introduction of Voyageur Canoes to possible school groups, First Nations groups, FSJ Town dignitaries.

                              Afternoon, Captains meeting 1400 hrs. (a good time for individuals to visit HBC Fort)

                              5 PM, ceremonial arrival at HBC Fort, welcome (by FN, FSJ, politicians), dinner (hopefully a sponsored dinner)

June 6, Tuesday-On water 0800, depart Fort with some small ceremonial send-off.

                              Paddle Stuart River to camp spot at Stuart River Bison Ranch.

June 7, Wednesday-On water 0800, Paddle Stuart/Nechako Rivers to Camp spot near old Isle Pierre Ferry crossing.

June 8- Paddle Nechako to Fraser River at PG and land at The Exploration Place.  Start time will depend on Ceremonial arrival time necessary at The Exploration Place (probably mid-afternoon)

June8/9 – PG.  Arrange for dispersal or own accommodation if staying overnight(s).

Please pass this note on to teams or individuals connected with teams that you know are interested or may be interested in the F2F Brigade.  I will act as a clearing house for teams signifying interest in participating and will attempt to answer questions or concerns or direct same to others.  I would like to have the Team names and Team contact person so I can start compiling a list.  I would hope by mid-March that we will have a good handle on team numbers but the sooner the better.

For additional information please contact Norm Crerar <norm.crerar@gmail.com>