English Bay Paddle at the Pink Salmon Festival – Sun, Aug. 27, 2017
Approx. 2 hours
This is great way to see Vancouver from a different perspective – the water. Enjoy a two hour paddle of English Bay. You paddle by Stanley Park, and Third Beach, with views of North Vancouver, around and back toward Spanish Banks and the Jericho Sailing Centre, landing at Vanier Park, beside the Maritime Museum.
Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on the ocean. This is a nice morning paddle. You will need to paddle at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.[Link to Google Map to come].
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What to expect: In early August, you can expect typical west coast weather, which includes sunny and hot, but it could be overcast or even rainy; so best to dress according to the weather that morning.
What to bring: Bring a snack! Paddles, lifejackets and safety equipment will be supplied. Dress for the weather, i.e. brimmed hat and sunglasses if sunny, rain gear if raining. Sandals (with heel strap) or soft sole boat shoes are recommended. Bring a small backpack for your extra sweater or shirt, drinking bottle, camera and snack. Line your bag with a plastic bag or, if you have one, bring a small dry bag. Avoid cotton, if possible, and wear quick-drying materials instead.
Parking: You can park in the lot at the end of Chestnut Street (if the lot is not full). You are encouraged to cycle, walk, carpool or take transit. Meet your paddle group at 8:30am on Sunday, August 27th beside the Maritime Museum parking lot in Vanier Park. After a welcome circle, you put on your life jacket, get a paddle and listen to paddle instructions, then load your canoe. After an enjoyable morning paddle in English Bay, you land back at Vanier Park.
Pink Salmon Festival: On Sunday afternoon, after the English Bay paddle, please join us in celebrating the large run of pink salmon in the Fraser River at the free Pink Salmon Festival, hosted by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, at Vanier Park in Vancouver. You are welcome to enjoy pink salmon samplings donated by Canadian Fishing Company and prepared by well-known executive chefs including Robert Clark (The Fish Counter). Barbecue will be available by donation with all proceeds supporting wild salmon conservation in British Columbia.