Canadian Heritage River System (CHRS)
From its beginning, the Commission has worked to have the St. Croix included as a Canadian Heritage River. The Canadian Heritage River System is a nationwide river conservation movement that recognizes the important cultural, natural and historical roles rivers had, and continue to have, in shaping the country and the lives of Canadians.
What makes the St. Croix so special?
Every local will tell you a slightly different story about why this place means so much. Whether it is a fisherman on the Chiputneticook Lakes, a paddler yelling with delight on the way through the Rips, or an excited toddler exploring the National Historic Sites of St. Croix Island, each part of the corridor has its own beauty, history and community. The area has played an important role as the first European settlement in North America north of Florida, but that isn't the only reason. Native peoples, Acadian settlers, British Loyalists, logs floating to mill and shipyard, canoeists, fishermen – its waters have carried them all past unbroken forest, murmuring rapids, and shimmering lakes to the craggy shores of the estuary. We hope you'll visit and fall in love with this unique place too.