Antje Seydlitz-Kurzbach of Smithers, B.C., Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, Ont., Kate Goodfellow of Perth, Ont., and Emily Cameron of Summerside, P.E.I., finished second in six minutes 45.02 seconds. Germany won gold in 6:41.86.
"We stuck to our race plan," said Goodfellow. "We knew we had contact with Germany early on, but in the end they were just too quick."
Poland took the bronze in 6:46.27.
"Winning our heat and going straight through to the final, we realized (we) had a really good shot at a medal," said Cameron. "We had five days off to train and practise, and we just stayed focused and we knew that when push came to shove we could have been first or second."
Croatia won the men's quadruple sculls ahead of Germany and Britain. The Canadian crew of Matt Buie of Duntroon, Ont., Kevin Kowalyk of Winnipeg, David Wakulich of St. Catharines, Ont., and Mike Braithwaite of Duncan, B.C., were sixth in the B final to finish 12th overall.
The women's four won silver on Friday for Canada's first medal at the competition.
In other races Saturday, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray of New Zealand won the men's pair to claim their fifth straight title in the event.
After a slow start, Bond and Murray moved into the lead at the 500-metre mark and finished comfortably ahead of Olympic silver medallists Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette of France. Rogier Blink and Mitchel Steenman of the Netherlands finished third.
Helen Glover and Polly Swann of Britain won the women's pair event, finishing ahead of Roxana Cogianu and Nicoleta Albu of Romania. New Zealand's Kayla Pratt and Rebecca Scown were third.
Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli of Norway won the men's lightweight double sculls, beating Simon Schuerch and Mario Gyr of Switzerland. Peter and Richard Chambers of Britain finished third.
Laura Milani and Elisabetta Sancassani won the women's lightweight double sculls, claiming Italy's first women's world title. Kristin Hedstrom and Kathleen Bertko of the United States were second, while Lena Mueller and Anja Noske of Germany finished third.
The Netherlands claimed top honours in the men's four, surging ahead of Australia near the finish line. The United States won bronze.
With files from The Canadian Press.Suggest a correction