Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sailing the Miramichi River...

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Sailing the Miramichi River is a term we use to describe canoeing or kayaking on the Miramichi River. Saturday was a perfect day for a sail and my wife and I had previously made plans to go to a friend's camp (Glen & Sandra's), meet up with a group and sail the river. It was an absolutely perfect day to be on the water. Our friend's camp is about an hour's drive from our place. We arrived around noon, had lunch and enjoyed the view from our friend's camp.

After lunch, we loaded the boats and proceeded to the river!

We drove to the far end of Porter Cove, put the boats in the water and started our 3.5 hour sail down the river.

The water was warm and the paddling was very easy as we let the current do most of the work. There were a couple of spots where the water was low and we had to get out of the boats to move them down the river. There are some beautiful camps along the river.

Here we are in the kayak...

Three and half hours later, we arrived at the McNamee/Priceville Footbridge. This is the third generation of the bridge as it had been destroyed twice over the years.

At the bridge we pulled the boats out of the water and figured out that Richard had left his car keys back at the starting point of our river trip...problem, we were 10km from the car keys! It was a minor problem as people around this part of the country are very friendly and accommodating! Glen (owner of the camp) said, we will walk across the bridge and find someone to drive us to the vehicles and retrieve the keys...that is exactly what we did. Here are a few pictures from the bridge.

We made our way back to the boats, loaded them and returned to Glen & Sandra's camp for dinner. We enjoyed good company and an excellent feed of salmon, new potatoes, fresh corn and apple pie. What a great way to end the day! About 10:00pm, we gave our thanks, bid farewell and hit the road for home. Another great summer day in New Brunswick!

Until next time, ride and sail safe!


  1. Those are my favorite days of all!
    Anytime you do this again, I have 2 canoes, a canoe rack for the truck, a small bed extender that fits into 2" receiver for one canoe, numerous dry bags and you name it that you're free to borrow. Canoeing is one of my passions! My friend has a camp @ Porter's Cove, directly across from the Manor. Carm

  2. Looks like you had a great day Bryan! Sailing down the river has got be one of the most relaxing experiences you can have. It sure is nice to take a break and get away from modern technology for a little while. Glad that you had an enjoyable day. - Joey

  3. What a beautiful day! I would have loved to cross that foot bridge...great pictures! And to end the day with apple pie :) Yummy!
    How relaxing...I'm glad to see that you had such a wonderful trip!

  4. That was awesome! Felt relaxed just reading it! Beautiful pics!

  5. Very nice - again what a great area to explore