It all started with a lone fiddler, Mr. Ivan Hicks years ago, and today attracts people from all over the world. Quite possibly the only event of its kind anywhere!
This event combines 2 time-honoured New Brunswick traditions: fiddling and canoeing. Imagine the beautiful sight and sound of a flotilla of canoes carrying almost 50 musicians down the Tobique River while they play old-time fiddle music.
For 2015, the event begins at 5 p.m., June 19, 2015 with a free pot luck supper at the Miller farm in Nictau, where both old and new friends meet and greet. A house concert at the Nictau Center for the Performing Arts follows at 7:30 p.m. and after that, lots of jam sessions.
On Saturday morning at 7 a.m. till 9 a.m., there is a pancake breakfast put on by the men of Riley Brook at the Riley Brook Community Centre.
At 10 a.m. there is a tour of the Miller Canoe Shop in Nictau.
The river run, which is the most popular event of the weekend, begins at 1 p.m. in Nictau, at the Forks, The fiddlers start tuning up for the flotilla and we depart the Forks for Riley Brook 10 km (6-mi.) away. At 5:30 p.m. There is a Supper of baked ham, bean-hole beans, various salads fresh homemade rolls, coffee, and tea and cake and ice cream for dessert on the Miller farm in Nictau. Following that is another house concert filled by more jam sessions.
On Sunday June 21 there will be a program called Fiddlescapes where we discuss ideas on how to improve the Fiddles on the Tobique. The week-long fiddle camp starts in the afternoon.