F- Malobiannah Excursion

 

The 65-km Malobiannah canoe excursion takes 2 to 3 days to complete and is done on the exact same river where this legend happened in the 1700s. Malobiannah was a young Indian heroine from the Madawaska (porcupine) Maliseet Reserve who had been taken prisoner by the Iroquois. She sacrificed her life when she successfully guided those 200 warriors in some 60 bark canoes towards the Grand Falls Gorge where they all drowned when their canoes crashed in the gorge, thus sparing the lives of the tribes living downstream from Grand Falls.

This excursion takes place between the two “Falls”. It starts from the Edmundston Marina, which is upstream from the city’s hydroelectric dam, formerly known as P’tit Sault (Little Fall). To be more specific, this excursion begins at the outlet of the Madawaska River, supplied by Lake Témiscouata and discharging in the St-John River which separates Canada and the United States of America (State of Maine), and ends at the “Grand Falls” in the N.B. city of the same name.

The return trip is made by car or by bike on the bike trail starting at the Grand Falls visitor center and passing through certain villages. During this journey, you will see various tourist attractions, including the Paul Daigle & Fils flour mill in Saint-André, the miller who grinds the buckwheat flour for the Donald Ployerie. The giant fresco in Saint-Léonard explains the early days of settlement in that region, painted by Clarence Bourgoin, a local professional artist. You may also visit the historical Cyr house in Saint-Basile, as well as the chapel and the museum of the religious hospitallers convent in the Iroquois sector. Another attraction would be the hiking trail accessible through Chemin Des Lavoie. This is a one-kilometre round trip along the Jos Bois brook which brings you to a magnificent waterfall in an enchanting Jurassic Park-style site which is continuously changing. Through discussions with the owner of the land, Mr. Claude Bouchard, it was decided that it would be named the Jos Bois Waterfall, on this 22nd day of November 2009, at 3:30 p.m. (Canadian Atlantic time). And the last attraction is the famous Kamp-à Ti-ri, which has been reconstructed on the First Nation Maliseet Reserve and is located at the tourist stop that I named Johanna's Place, used as a craft shop. The excursion ends at the Donald Ployerie.