Success Stories

Success Stories

Improving Access to an Urban Waterway

Rideau Waterway

In May of 2016, Parks Canada, in partnership with the National Capital Commission, established a summer pilot project to install a series of floating docks along the Rideau Waterway to create access points for canoe and kayak paddlers alike… Read more

Celebrating Aboriginal Heritage

Incorporating Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge in the Management of the Bloodvein River

The Ontario portion of the Bloodvein River, which flows through Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, was designated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 1998 at the behest of the Government of Ontario. Four years later, with the commemorative plaque yet to be installed, the Superintendent of … Read more

Engaging Communities

The Grand River – Winner of the Thiess International Riverprize

A Grand Prize for a Grand Strategy In September 2000, the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) in Ontario was awarded the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize. The Riverprize, which is awarded annually in Brisbane, Australia, recognizes outstanding achievement in river management and… Read more

Rideau Waterway – Improving Access to an Urban Waterway

In May of 2016, Parks Canada, in partnership with the National Capital Commission, established a summer pilot project to install a series of floating docks along the Rideau Waterway to create access points for canoe and kayak paddlers alike. Read more

Engaging Youth

The Fraser River – Immersive Education

Fraser River stewards are providing rich opportunities for people to experience natural and cultural heritage along the waterway. Communities along this Canadian Heritage River have established riverside trails: from the Fraser River Nature Walk near the headwaters, to the historic Giscome-Port… Read more

Enhancing Tourism

St. John Strong Partnerships Enhancing Toursim

St. John Strong Partnerships Market the St. John River as a Toursim Destination In 2005, as a result of the work being done to designate the St. John River to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System, four municipalities and two non-profit organizations decided to join forces to increase tourism… Read more

Improving Water Quality

Canadian Heritage Rivers Designation a Catalyst for Water Quality Improvements

Designation and Water Quality It has been over a decade since the Detroit River’s designation to the CHRS (in 2001), and since that time, municipalities, community members and other partners along the river have undertaken over 500 water quality improvement projects. As the Director General of … Read more

Promoting Cultural Heritage

The Humber River – Promoting Cultural Heritage

A Determined Alliance The Humber Watershed Alliance has worked for almost two decades to preserve and protect the ecology, history and culture of the Humber River in Toronto’s west end. The remarkable Alliance is made up of volunteers: residents, elected officials, community groups, government a… Read more

Restoration in Action

The Cowichan River Stoltz Bluff Restoration Project

A Remarkable River Restoration Project The 2006 project to restore the Stoltz Bluff on the Cowichan River, in British Columbia is one of the most remarkable river restoration projects … Read more

River Management

The St. Croix River – A Model of International Cooperation

The international cooperative management of the St. Croix River is unique in North America. Because actions that affect the waters on one side of the United States/ Canada border can profoundly affect the other, the Governor of Maine and the Premier of New Brunswick established the St. Croix… Read more