Hey Gang, I know it's still winter but I'm itching to take my son out for our first canoe trip this summer. Originally from Ontario, I've done a few camping adventures in Algonquin but haven't busted out here in NB. My son is eight years old and I'm excited to take him onto the river for a few days. Maybe a week. I've been doing some research and it looks like the Restigouche is a nice place for us to start. But I have a few questions: Does anyone have a map of the camping sites? And are their other father's with son's looking to share a canoeing adventure? Cheers, Jason & Dustin
Post by OnTheRocks on Jan 16, 2017 11:16:40 GMT -5
Hi Jason and Dustin,
Welcome to NB! There's tons of great rivers in the province, you just have to do your research...which it sounds like you already started on. Well done.
The Restigouche is a hugely renowned paddling river, although I've yet to make it. It's high on my list for this summer.
The St. Croix is a great river which I've paddled a few times. Lots of great camping spots, most of which are somewhat remote, and some even have facilities if you require that. Water level is also dam controlled, so water levels don't seem to get too low that often.
Other rivers worth looking into are the Nashwaak, the Miramichi, Portobello Stream, Oromocto River, and the Tobique. Obviously there's tons more, but your preference and paddling ability will of course dictate your options, not to mention water levels.
You can reach me at email@example.com if you'd like. I can try to answer any questions you may have, although there's definitely more seasoned folks on here than I.
Post by riveraddict on Jan 17, 2017 18:42:45 GMT -5
For the Restigouche, Arpin at Canoe Restigouche has a map of campsites he gives out if you use them for a shuttle. There are quite a few group sites along the way. For a week long trip, you could start up the Kedgwick River and work your way down to Rafting Grounds or Two Brooks. Better maps are here:
Ditto on the St. Croix system, warm water which is dam controlled, map from Service New Brunswick or St. Croix International Waterway Commission. I take my kids to both Spednic Lake and the St. Croix once or twice a summer. Lots of other rivers and lakes to explore as well! Glad I'm not the only one thinking about paddling...