Voyageur Brigade trip on the Athabasca River is open for registration
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 780-865-9355.