The St.John River Society  

Recognition: The Canadian Heritage Rivers Program

The St. John River Society believes in the importance of recognition for the St. John River on the national stage. The Society is the lead organization seeking designation of the New Brunswick portion of the St. John River under the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. The Society is working with the Provincial Department of Natural Resource to achieve designation of the St. John River.

The Canadian Heritage Rivers Secretariat, within Heritage Canada is charged with nominating and designating rivers across Canada that fit the program’s criteria through physical, cultural or recreational values.

The St. John River is not eligible under the physical values criteria due to the dams on the river, but is more than qualified under the cultural and recreational values. There are two phases two designation: nomination and designation. The Society is working on a nomination document that will be submitted to the National Board of the Canadian Heritage Rivers Secretariat. Upon nomination, The Society will begin the process for eligibility as a designated Canadian Heritage River.

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A Step Closer to Designating the St. John River as a Canadian Heritage River

We wanted to share some good news with you!Today The Society sent the designation document for the St. John River in New Brunswick to Ottawa for review. This is the next to final last step in the designation process for the river. This document, entitled “The Road to Canada- A Heritage Strategy for the St. John River as a Canadian Heritage River” was developed in partnership with organizations, communities, stakeholders and the public over the past two years and is the culmination of an 11 year effort on the part of The St. John River Society to have the St. John River designated as one of Canada’s most important rivers. The St. John River was nominated for its rich history and cultural diversity, particularly in relation to its 10,000 years of Wolastoqiyik history and over 400 years of European settlement by French, British and other significant cultural groups. In fact, the St. John River was recently ranked #1 in a study of culturally important rivers in Canada.

Ottawa will receive the application and begin a review process, which will culminate in a vote by the national board of the Canadian Heritage Rivers system in spring 2012. A future announcement by the Federal government will mark the official designation of the St. John as a Canadian Heritage River.

For more information on the Canadian Heritage Rivers program, please visit

Simon Mitchell, Heritage Rivers Program Manager mails the Designation Document to Ottawa!