St. John River

Why Was the River Designated?

The 400 km section of the St. John River that flows through New Brunswick was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 2013 for its outstanding cultural heritage values. The Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) have lived along this river, which they called the Wolastoq, or “the good and bountiful” river, for 10,000 years. The river was also a historic exploration and transportation route that provided European explorers with a gateway into Eastern and Upper Canada.