A Canadian Heritage River, the St. Croix meanders between New Brunswick and Maine, and widens at Loon Bay to create the stunning setting for the lodge.The river is central to any stay at Loon Bay Lodge, for a host of water-based activities including canoeing, swimming and tubing, fishing for bass, salmon and trout, or simply snoozing away the afternoon on the grassy banks. Book Now
Loon Bay and the St. Croix River, with its clean and gentle flowing waters, outstanding beauty and unspoiled nature, is a safe and ideal venue for a range of water sports and activities.
The Canadian Heritage designation recognizes the St. Croix River’s representation of Atlantic Canada’s geology, its rare plant species, its bald eagle and osprey habitat, and its provincially significant fossil deposits.
The St. Croix’s connection to thousands of years of First Nations history also contributed to its designation as a Canadian Heritage River. The Passamaquoddy and other First Peoples have lived along the river for more than 4000 years.
The river’s remarkable history also includes the site of the first European settlement in North America north of Florida, established in 1604 on Ile de St. Croix (at the mouth of the river) by Samuel de Champlain.
The designation also recognizes the river’s association with the 19th and early 20th century lumber industry.
The Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) is Canada’s national river conservation program. Established in 1984, the CHRS gives national recognition to Canada’s outstanding rivers and encourages their long-term management to conserve their natural, cultural and recreational values for the benefit and enjoyment of Canadians, now and in the future.