Voyageur Brigades now seeking Paddlers: Katie S (as told to Dave W)

Plans are afoot for two voyageur brigades this summer.  Here is some intel gleaned from BCC member Katie S:

Fort Assiniboine Bicentennial Brigade – Athabasca River July 6 to 14, 2023: from Whitecourt AB to Athabasca AB. The trip will be 6 days on the river plus a layover day at Fort Assiniboine to take in the community’s bicentennial events.  This is a trip of some 340 kms.  Given the 200th anniversary of Fort Assiniboine, a river that was once a very important fur trade route, and utilized by the likes of David Thompson, George Simpson, and Paul Kane, all paddlers interested in fur trade history should consider participating in this brigade next summer!

This route is moving water, Alberta eastern slope river. Very fun. One of the organizers tells me the vibe along the river is very positive, so it should be FUN! 

The estimated cost is $2000 per crew. We would want at least 6 paddlers, and up to 14, PLUS a driver for each vehicle taken up there. Some days will have the opportunity for crew change.

Trent Severn Waterway July 28 to Aug 7 2023:  from Georgian Bay through the 24 locks, lakes and canals to the site of the new Canadian Canoe Museum on Peterborough’s waterfront to celebrate opening it’s newly built site. Acknowledging the First Nations traditional territories it passes through, the Brigade has invited Chippewas of Rama and Georgina Island, and the First Nations of Beau Soleil, Curve Lake, Hiawatha, and Alder Ville to participate. 

If either of these trips appeal to you, contact Katie at

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