The Canadian River Heritage Award
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2021 CANADIAN RIVER HERITAGE AWARD (formerly the Bill Mason Award)
The Canadian River Heritage Award is offered by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in partnership with the Canadian Canoe Museum. The award recognizes the invaluable efforts of an individual Canadian to celebrate, protect and conserve river heritage for future generations.
If you know of a river champion who has positively contributed to Canada's river heritage, and has had a profound and lasting influence on communities and their heritage, please submit a nomination.
Nominations can be submitted in English, French, or any Indigenous language spoken in Canada. If necessary, nominations will be translated to support a review by the nominating committee.
Nominations are now closed.
- April: Call for nominations
- June: Nomination period closed
- July: Nominations reviewed by CHRS Secretariat
- September: Nominations reviewed by Selection Committee
- November: Award presentation
Record of Award Recipients
|1994||Mr. Kirk Wipper, Founder of the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, Toronto|
|1998||Mr. Bill Reid, Haida Artist and Sculptor, Vancouver|
|2001||Mr. Pierre Elliot Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada, Montreal|
|2004||Elder William Commanda, Algonquin Nation of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Maniwaki, Quebec|
|2007||Mr. Hap Wilson, author, wilderness adventurer and artist, Temagami, Ontario|
|2009||Mr. Max Finkelstein, paddler, author and river advocate, Ottawa|
|2013||Mr. Don Gibson, river conservation advocate and long-time National Manager of the CHRS program, Ottawa|
|2016||Professor Bruce and Carol Hodgins, wilderness canoe leaders, educators and operators of Camp Wahnapitae, Peterborough|
|2021||Bobbi Rose Koe, advocate for youth, river conservationist, watershed protector, Yukon|