Voyageur Bri­gade trip on the Athabasca River is open for reg­is­tra­tion

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Reg­is­tra­tions are now open elec­tron­i­cally for in­di­vid­u­als and crews in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Athabasca River Ca­noe Bri­gade from Jasper to his­toric Ft. Assini­boine from June 22 to 28, 2017. Go to www. voyageur­bri­gade.org.

As we re­trace the strokes and paths of our fore­fa­thers, our goals are to pro­mote cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion and wa­ter stew­ard­ship, while ed­u­cat­ing pad­dlers and lo­cal cit­i­zens about the his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant roles of the Voyageur Ca­noe and Canada’s wa­ter­ways in the es­tab­lish­ment of Canada.

Our Bri­gade will be made up of crews con­sist­ing of 9-12 pad­dlers pad­dling “big ca­noes” 22 to 36 foot long repli­cat­ing ca­noes used by Voyageurs in the orig­i­nal fur trade. This bri­gade is made up 10-12 mem­ber crews per big boat. They will pad­dle 333 kilo­me­ters over 6 days on the scenic, yet rel­a­tively safe, Athabasca River which flows at about 10 km/hr.

This will be an Al­berta trip to re­mem­ber, be­gin­ning with great moun­tain scenery, fol­lowed by sec­tions of true wilder­ness in the foothills and fi­nally a chance to en­joy the park­land for­est and farm­land on the lower sec­tions of our jour­ney. Op­por­tu­ni­ties to ob­serve wildlife such as bald ea­gles, bear, and moose will abound through­out the en­tire jour­ney. All of this while net­work­ing with other pad­dlers on the river and in the evening in camp. So­cial­iz­ing with lo­cal res­i­dents dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties planned at the river­side com­mu­ni­ties we will visit is also an im­por­tant part of this spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion. Com­mu­ni­ties in­clude Jasper, Hin­ton, White­court, Blue Ridge and Ft. Assini­boine. The ar­rival and cel­e­bra­tion at Ft. Assini­boine on the last day will in­volve Al­berta’s Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor, Lois Mitchell.

In an­nounc­ing this, event chair­per­son Bernie Kreiner says: “This will be an amaz­ing way to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary while again see­ing many voyageur ca­noes to­gether on stretches of the river like they trav­elled 200 years ago The Athabasca River played an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of Canada’s west. Whether you are one in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ested pad­dler or have a full crew wish­ing to reg­is­ter, reg­is­ter soon so you don’t miss out. “

Bernie also ex­presses sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the many CVBS (Cana­dian Voyageur Bri­gade So­ci­ety) vol­un­teers (in­clud­ing Carrie Anne Guthrie from Hin­ton) who put count­less hours into or­ga­niz­ing a re­us­able ca­noe­bri­gade reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem and co­or­di­nat­ing over 10 brigades across Canada in 2017.

The reg­is­tra­tion dead­line for the full Bri­gade is April 1st, 2017, so reg­is­ter early to en­sure you are in the crew of one of the 16 big boats we can ac­com­mo­date.

Watch for more in­for­ma­tion later con­cern­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for:

--Res­i­dents in Jasper, Hin­ton, White­court, Blue Ridge and Ft. Assini­boine to cel­e­brate and learn more about our River his­tory as the Bri­gade comes thru.

--Other small craft pad­dlers with tan­dem ca­noes, kayaks, and pad­dle­boards to join our Bri­gade on the af­ter­noon of June 27 from White­court to Blue Ridge.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Bernie Kreiner Bernie.kreiner@shaw.ca 780-865-9355.

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