Rivers West - A New Future for Manitoba's Red River

Canada 150

In 2017, Canadians are uniting for Canada 150 from coast to coast to coast by celebrating their Canadian Heritage Rivers at the heart of their communities, reminding Canadians of the importance and value of our heritage rivers.

In partnership with La Brigade de la Rivière Rouge, a St. Boniface based historical and cultural non-profit organization whose mission is to share and relive the era of the “voyageur” and the fur trade, Rivers West is coordinating a paddle from St. Jean-Baptiste to The Forks in Winnipeg from June 22 - 24. Rendez-Vous on the Red will include overnight stops in Ste. Agathe and St. Norbert where communities are invited to join in a BBQ and evening celebration with cultural and musical programming. The general public will be invited to join in the final paddle leg from St. Norbert to The Forks on the morning of June 24th. The event will culminate at 4:00 pm with our showcase historic event 150 Canoes on the Rouge where we will attempt to gather 150 canoes on the river, recognized by a gun salute by La Compagnie de La Vérendrye and the ringing of the St. Boniface Cathedral bells.

 


See Important Downloads for the event poster, 150 Canoes on the Rouge Info Sheet as well as the registration form and waiver.

 


Detailed Event Schedule:

(arrival times are "best estimate")

Thursday June 22

9:30 am

Voyageurs of La Brigade de la Rivière Rouge depart in 2 Canots du Nord from the St. Jean-Baptiste campground (boat launch)

12:30 pm

Lunch stop in Morris - Scrathcing River Campground

6:00 - 9:30 pm

Arrive Ste. Agathe - Promenade sur la Rouge park (across from service station just south of the bridge)

Greeting and gun salute by La Compagnie de LaVérendrye

Community BBQ (complimentary hambugers, hot dogs, salad and beverages)

Aborginal ceremony

Tibert le Voyageur (storyteller) - approx. 7 pm

Traditional music and singing

 

Friday June 23

10:00 am

Brigade departs Ste. Agathe

12:00

Lunch stop in St. Adolphe (park at the end of Taché Avenue)

4:00

Interpretive tours of park and buildings at St. Norbert Heritage Park  (Turnbull Drive)

5:30 / 6:00 pm

Brigade arrives at St. Norbert Heritage Park

Greeting and gun salute by La Compagnie de LaVérendrye

Community BBQ (complimentary hambugers, hot dogs, salad and beverages)

Aborginal ceremony

Tibert le Voyageur (storyteller) - approx. 7 pm

Traditional music and singing around the campfire

 

Saturday June 24

10:30 am

Brigade departs St. Norbert; general public welcome to join in paddle (must make own arrangements, provide own canoe and gear, and abide by rules and guidelines as outlined by Transport Canada)

12:30

Lunch stop at St. Vital Park

Suggested alternate meeting spot for those interested in joining in 150 Canoes on the Rouge

3:45 150 Canoes on the Rouge! (Remember to wear red: hat and/or shirt)

Arrive in area of St. Boniface Cathedral dock (Taché Avenue).  

(See 150 Canoes Info sheet for alternate points of entry and information on registration and rules. Also go to our Rivers West Facebook Event Page to let us know you are joining!)

All canoes in position facing St. Boniface Cathedral - please ensure adequate space between canoes!

4:00

Ringing of the church bells, paddle salute followed by gun salute by La Compagnie de La Vérendrye

Occasion will be photographed at various vantage points. Please stay in position until the "ceremony" is completed.

The Canots du nord will have priority disembarkation at the Cathedral dock

 

Please be sure to review the Info sheet for details on access, estimated paddle times and disembarkation options. Please note that there is limited parking in the St. Boniface Cathedral area.

 

Everyone is invited to continue the celebrations at The Forks at the Constellation Francophone concert program being produced by Productions Rivard.

 

Thank you to all of our partners and supporters:

La Brigade de la Rivière Rouge

Mona Dupuis

Michelle Gervais - Tourisme Riel

Guy Noel

Claude Lemone - Ste. Agathe economic development

Lisa Meyers, Sloan Cathcart and Ryan Fox - Manitoba Sustainable Development; Parks and Protected Spaces

Molly Demma - St. John's River Society

Canadian Heritage Rivers System

Red River Basin Commission

Eugene and Irene Lemoine

Roger Dubois - Chevaliers de Colomb St. Norbert

Winnipeg Rowing Club

Manitoba Paddling Association

Winnipeg Construction Association