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INSIDE: Saint John River (Atlantic region) Go now!

Source: Northern Maine
Mouth: Bay of Fundy at Saint John, New Brunswick
Direction of flow: southeast
Length: 673 kilometres
Origin of name: named by Samuel de Champlain and Pierre Du Gua de Monts on June 24, 1604, the feast day of St.


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Rivers course through every nook of Canada and through our collective history. First Nations, then Europeans, built their homes along their banks and depended on them for food and trade. Explorers and fur traders navigated them, continually pushing back the frontiers of the country, northward and westward. Rivers played a pivotal role in linking the far-flung regions of the country, turning a sweeping wilderness into a nation.

Geologically speaking, most Canadian rivers are young, having developed since the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago. Nearly half of the total flow of our rivers drains northward into the Arctic Ocean or into Hudson and James bays. These waterways sustain entire ecosystems and power industries. Many have been dammed or diverted.

Journey down some of Canada’s greatest rivers. Each one profiled here represents one of the six natural regions of Canada (Arctic and Taiga, Pacific and Western Mountains, Central Plains, Boreal Shield, Mixedwood Plains and Atlantic Region).



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Quiz :

What was Winnipeg also known as during the 19th Century?

“Little Chicago”
“Place of many feet”
“Durango”