In 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations, teams representing eight provinces, Yukon and the Northwest Territories spent 104 days paddling across the country. The race called the Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant started at Rocky Mountain House, AB on May 24 and ended on Sept. 4 at Expo ’67 on the St. Lawrence River in Montreal. Averaging 10.5 km/hour and 60-65 strokes per minute the paddlers covered a distance of slightly more than 3,280 miles on the water and another 60 miles of portaging. (See recent coverage of this historic event)
In 2005 St. John’s students were privileged to meet some of these 1967 voyageurs and to take part in a celebration of Alberta’ s centennial with them. Several of the original Alberta centennial team ( these men are in their 70’s and 80’s) organized a canoe trip from Rocky Mountain House to Fort Edmonton to deliver the “Queen’s Rent”.
Our students, staff and some alumni were part of this brigade. It was little like “touching history”.
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