The St. John River

Awarded in 2007
The St. John River

The St. John is one of the longest and most beautiful rivers on the Eastern Seaboard. Rising in the wilderness of Northern Maine, it runs nearly the length of New Brunswick, changing character several times during its 635-kilometre journey to the sea. By the time it reaches Fredericton, just 130 kilometres from the Bay of Fundy, it has become an estuarial river, wide and placid. A defining feature of the Provincial Capital, where access to it has been carefully protected with green spaces and walking trails, the river has long drawn visitors and often been a factor in extending their stays. It has been celebrated in art and music, photography and literature—a natural icon spawning distinctive cultural ones.