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Justin Trudeau to launch cross-Canada boreal forest river journeys on the Nahanni River

July 21, 2003 - NAHANNI RIVER

More than 25 prominent Canadians are showing their support for the Boreal Rendezvous, a summer-long series of performances, events and river expeditions through the heart of Canada's boreal forest to highlight its ecological and cultural values.

The Boreal Rendezvous river trips will be launched by Justin Trudeau on the river made famous by his father Pierre Trudeau, when he directed his government in 1976 to protect the area as a national park. "The Nahanni was one of my father's favourite places in the world and I am delighted to join the Boreal Rendezvous to celebrate and support conservation of this magnificent Canadian ecological treasure," said Justin Trudeau.

Other well-known Canadians supporting conservation of this vast wilderness ecosystem include: David Suzuki, Tomson Highway, Tom Cochrane, Ken Dryden, Jimmy Rankin, Silken Laumann and Sarah Harmer. They, along with First Nations representatives, scientists and conservationists, will spend July and August paddling 10 of the country's most incredible, wild and rugged rivers in Canada's boreal region, which stretches from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Rocky Mountains and into the Yukon. Canada's boreal region is an unparalleled natural jewel, and is part of the largest intact forest left on earth. Canadians are now making important decisions about the future of this global treasure and conservation needs to be a first priority.

Each river trip will be marked with a pre-launch celebration and First Nations blessing. The journeys will be followed by local celebrations across Canada.

River Dates/locations Celebrity paddlers
Nahanni July 21-29 Justin Trudeau
Gathering July 28 Fort Simpson - Papal Grounds
Bonnet Plume July 22-August 8 Courtney Milne, Richard Nelson
Gathering August 7 Banks of Peel River
Snake July 24-August 8 Marlene Creates, Ron Bolt
Gathering August 7 Banks of Peel River
Wind July 24-August 8 Joyce Majiski, Michael Belmore
Gathering August 7 Banks of Peel River
Athabasca July 25-30 David Suzuki, Ken Dryden
Gathering July 31 Ft.Edmonton Park
Churchill July 31-August 7 Tom King
Gathering July 30 Pelican Narrows
Moisie August 4-9 Sarah Harmer, Marc Dery, Florent Vollant
Gathering August 15 Montreal - Botanical Garden of Montreal
Berens August 7-16 Cathy Jones, James Raffan
Gathering August 17 Winnipeg - The Forks
Dease August 15-23 Jimmy Rankin, Silken Laumann
Gathering August 24 Lower Post - Kaska community
Coal August 19-23 Tom Cochrane
Gathering August 24 Lower Post - Kaska community

The Boreal Rendezvous is an initiative of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI).

The Boreal Rendezvous ends in September in Ottawa with a final celebration and performance by Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles. There will be other Canadian celebrities in attendance to voice their support.


For more information:
visit or contact:

Tamara Nowakowsky
National Media Relations
Boreal Rendezvous
Cell (604)250-5474