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Canoeing on the River: Excitements and Pleasures of a trip down the Upper St. John

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Down The River... Down the River St. John by Canoe - in 1903, an article by David Folster in 2002. This document is in Abode Acrobat format. To view it, you will need the Free Acrobat Reader software made available from Adobe Systems Inc. The document will open in a new window. To return here, close the window.

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St. John people know all about the beauties and the attractions of the river between St. John and Fredericton. They have traversed it time and again in steam craft and sailing boats. They have seen it in sunshine and in fog; in calm and in storm; by day and by night. They have picnicked along its banks, camped on its shores and summered at its various resorts. To them it is as a favorite book, ever new and ever pleasing, and they do not wonder that it is called the Rhine of America, the most beautiful river on the continent. They know that there is more of the river-350 miles of it-above Fredericton, down which come the logs and over which a light draught stern wheel steamer is sometimes able to run for 63 miles to Woodstock, but of the wonders and beauties of this part of the river they know nothing. The raftsman, the stream driver and the canoeist are alone familiar with the river above Woodstock, and of these three only the canoeist appreciates the voyage over the swift moving waters and the beauties the trip unfolds. The others love the river as a workman loves his work.

The Grand Falls divide the river almost in halves, and the journey of 125 miles down to Fredericton over its quick moving surface makes an ideal canoe trip, with just enough of excitement in the rapids to please all but the foolhardy. A great advantage that the trip offers is the ease with which the starting point can be reached. The Canadian Pacific Railway runs right to Grand Falls, ant it is only a few hours' ride-and a pleasant ride at that-from St. John, Fredericton, St. Andrews or any other provincial point. The regular day train from any of these places will land the passenger at Grand Falls early in the afternoon, giving plenty of time to view the wonders of the falls and its still more wonderful gorge, and to get some miles down river before night settles down.

Click to view full-size image - 73KBUnder the direction of Mr. J.W. McCready, president, and Mr. Robert Allan, secretary, of the Fredericton Tourist Association, Mr. C.B. Foster, district passenger agent of the C.P.R; Mr. H. F. Allbright, photographer, and a Globe representative, recently made this journey with Messrs. George Armstrong, Adam Moore, Henry Allen and Thomas Phillips as guides. Mr. Allbright, of course, had his camera along, and got many fine views that have been added to the splendid collection of New Brunswick scenery secured by him, and to be seen at the studio of Messrs. Isaac Erb & Son in St. John.

Scenes from the Upper St. John River...

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