The Route

The Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey (CCCO) begins April 2011 in Vancouver BC. After more than 7000 kilometres of self-propelled paddling and portaging through seven provinces over an anticipated 165 days, we will reach our destination, the shore of the Atlantic Ocean at Saint John NB. Our route will take us through British Columbia by a variety of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, paths and passes, including seven portages totalling more than 300 km. Our major portages include the Kettle Valley Railway between Hope BC and Summerland BC. After crossing the continental divide through Howse Pass, we will launch into the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River and follow its course through Alberta and Saskatchewan on to CedarLake, Lake Winnipegosis, and Lake Manitoba. We will paddle to Lake Winnipeg through the Assinaboine and Red Rivers. From there we will paddle against the Winnipeg and Rainy Rivers and through north western Ontario’s Boundary Waters to Lake Superior. Lakes Superior and Huron will take us eastward until the outlet of the French River. Paddling up the French River, we will cross over into the Ottawa River drainage basin and paddle downstream to the St. Lawrence. At Rivière-du-LoupQC we will travel south portaging and paddling on the Riviere Verte and St. Francis River to the Saint John River and paddle downstream to the Bay of Fundy.


To track our progress in real time click on the link below. It will navigaate you to the map of our position which will be updated daily.

CCCO SPOT Locator Beacon


Click here to view a map of the whole journey!


Paths and Waterways:

*Designated Heritage river

**Nominated Heritage river