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Paddle the Lower Fraser


Everyone lives in a watershed. Come celebrate yours.

Paddle English Bay

We have a limited number of seats available on a first come, first serve basis for a day of paddling with us in a 34’ voyageur canoe.

Paddle in a 34′ Voyageur canoe as part of this year’s FraserFEST! These paddles are ideal for people who would like to experience the city’s waterfront from off-the-beaten track. Registration is required.

English Bay Paddle (Pink Salmon Festival, beside the Maritime Museum) – 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 up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

What to expect: In 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.

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Paddle the Lower Fraser

Join us for a unique way to see the Fraser River.

For individuals | For Groups or Organizations

Everyone lives in a watershed. Come celebrate yours.

For Individuals

We have a limited number of seats available on a first come, first serve basis for a day of paddling with us in a 34’ voyageur canoe.

Paddle in a 34′ Voyageur canoe as part of this year’s FraserFEST! These paddles are ideal for people who would like to experience the Fraser from off-the-beaten track. To take part, please choose one (or more!) of the trips available below (click the blue + symbol for more information) and then register for the activities you want to experience:

Hope to Agassiz - Wed, Aug. 9, 2017

Approx. 3.5 hours
This beautiful stretch of river, dubbed the ‘Heart of the Fraser’, is rich with a diversity of fish and wildlife. Expect to see Bald eagles and recreational fishers along the shores. A third of the way, you paddle by Laidlaw and numerous small in-river islands. On the final stretch to Agassiz, you pass Bridal Falls and take in the stunning view of Mount Cheam as you paddle to the Cheam campsite.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. This is a full afternoon of paddling, you will need to keep paddling at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe. Paddling out of Hope can be windy.

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: Pack a lunch! 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 soled 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 bring quick-drying materials instead.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 10:15am on Wednesday, August 9th, at the Fraser River Lodge parking lot in Agassiz. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the Hope boat launch. After an enjoyable afternoon of paddling, you land at the Cheam campsite in Agassiz and will be shuttled back to the Fraser River Lodge for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: After your afternoon paddle, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Fraser River Lodge on Wednesday evening, August 9th. The dinner is by donation, you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register

Agassiz to Glen Valley - Thurs, Aug. 10, 2017

Approx. 5.5 – 6.0 hours
This scenic stretch of river, in the ‘Heart of the Fraser,’ is rich with diversity. After paddling under the Agassiz Bridge, you make your way past the mouth of the Harrison River. You paddle past the Skwah First Nation, the farms of Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley, past Nicomen Island to the boat launch off River Road South, near Dewdney. Be on the watch for sturgeon as you paddle this stretch of river! You pass under the Mission/Abbotsford bridge, and then past Crescent Island to Glen Valley Regional Park.

Level of difficulty: Be prepared for a long paddle! Canoeing experience is necessary on this trip and you must have the endurance to paddle for six hours and feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. This is a full day of paddling, you will need to keep paddling at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

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: Pack snacks and a lunch! 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 soled 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 bring quick-drying materials instead.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 7:30am on Thursday, August 10th at Glen Valley Regional Park. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the Cheam campsite. After an enjoyable morning of paddling, you land back at Glen Valley Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at Glen Valley Regional Park (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: On Thursday evening, August 10th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at Glen Valley Regional Park. The dinner is by donation, and you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register

Glen Valley to Kwikwetlem - Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Approx. 3.5 – 4.0 hours
This lovely ‘park to park to park’ paddle takes you from Glen Valley Regional Park in Abbotsford to Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley, finishing at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. Leaving Glen Valley, you paddle by Brae Island and historic Fort Langley en route to Derby Reach. After leaving Derby Reach, you paddle under the Golden Ears Bridge, past Maple Ridge and Barnston Island. Once you paddle by the mouth of the Pitt River and round Douglas Island, you see the Port Mann Bridge in the distance. On the final stretch you paddle to Tree Island and then head for the Coquitlam River. After a short paddle upriver, you will be given a traditional Kwikwetlem First Nation welcome as you land.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river and have the endurance to paddle for 4 hours. You will paddle at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – but don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

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: Pack snacks and a lunch! 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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 11:00am on Friday, August 11th at the Colony Farm Regional Park parking lot. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Glen Valley Regional Park. After an enjoyable day of paddling, you land back at Colony Farm Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall (see below) after the paddle, as well as the tour of the Glen Valley Organic Farm before the paddle and the tour of the Colony Farm Community Garden after the paddle.

Wild Salmon Feast: On Friday evening, August 11th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall, near Colony Farm Regional Park. The dinner is by donation, and you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register

New Westminster to Burnaby - Sat. afternoon, Aug. 12, 2017

Approx. 2.0 to 2.5 hours
Paddling from Westminster Quay, you stay to the right entering the North Arm of the Fraser River. You paddle under the Queensborough Bridge and by the Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. You will need to keep paddling at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

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: Pack a lunch, if you haven’t eaten, and snacks. 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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 11:00 at the Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Westminster Quay. After an enjoyable afternoon paddle, you land back at Burnaby’s Fraser Foreshore Park. You are welcome to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: On Saturday evening, August 12th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe in Vancouver. The dinner is by donation, and you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register

For Groups

We have a limited number of canoes available to sponsor for a day of paddling on the Lower Fraser River.

Paddle with your team in a 34′ Voyageur canoe as part of FraserFEST. These paddles are ideal for people who would like to experience the Fraser from off-the-beaten track. To take part you need to get a group of friends or co-workers together and sponsor a canoe! There are nine trips available (click the blue + symbol for more information):

Hope to Agassiz - Wed, Aug. 9, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 3.5 hours
This beautiful stretch of river, dubbed the ‘Heart of the Fraser’, is rich with a diversity of fish and wildlife. Expect to see Bald eagles and recreational fishers along the shores. A third of the way, you paddle by Laidlaw and numerous small in-river islands. On the final stretch to Agassiz, you pass Bridal Falls and take in the stunning view of Mount Cheam as you paddle to the Cheam campsite.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. This is a full afternoon of paddling, you will need to keep paddling 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. Paddling out of Hope can be windy.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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: Pack a lunch! 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 soled 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 bring quick-drying materials instead.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 10:15am on Wednesday, August 9th, at the Fraser River Lodge parking lot in Agassiz. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the Hope boat launch. After an enjoyable afternoon of paddling, you land at the Cheam campsite in Agassiz and will be shuttled back to the Fraser River Lodge for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: After your afternoon paddle, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Fraser River Lodge on Wednesday evening, August 9th. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

Agassiz to Dewdney - Thurs. morning, Aug. 10, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 5.5 – 6.0 hours
Please note this paddle has been lengthened. Instead of finishing in Dewdney, we will be finishing at Glen Valley Regional Park, lengthening the trip from a 3.5 hour paddle to a 5 1/2 or 6 hour paddle. The descriptions and logistics below have been updated to reflect this change. 

This scenic stretch of river, in the ‘Heart of the Fraser,’ is rich with diversity. After paddling under the Agassiz Bridge, you make your way past the mouth of the Harrison River. You paddle past the Skwah First Nation, the farms of Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley, past Nicomen Island to the boat launch off River Road South, near Dewdney. Be on the watch for sturgeon as you paddle this stretch of river! You pass under the Mission/Abbotsford bridge, and then past Crescent Island to Glen Valley Regional Park.

Level of difficulty: Be prepared for a long paddle! No canoeing experience is necessary but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. This is a full morning of paddling, you will need to keep paddling 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.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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: Pack snacks and a lunch! 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 soled 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 bring quick-drying materials instead.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 7:30am on Thursday, August 10th at Glen Valley Regional Park. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the Cheam campsite. After an enjoyable morning of paddling, you land back at Glen Valley Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at Glen Valley Regional Park (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: On Thursday evening, August 10th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at Glen Valley Regional Park. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

Dewdney to Glen Valley - Thurs. afternoon, Aug. 10, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 5.5 to 6.0 hours
Please note this paddle has been lengthened. Instead of starting in Dewdney, we will be launching from Agassiz, lengthening the trip from a 3.5 hour paddle to a 5 1/2 or 6 hour paddle. The descriptions and logistics below have been updated to reflect this change. 

This scenic stretch of river, in the ‘Heart of the Fraser,’ is rich with diversity. After paddling under the Agassiz Bridge, you make your way past the mouth of the Harrison River. You paddle past the Skwah First Nation, the farms of Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley, past Nicomen Island to the boat launch off River Road South, near Dewdney. Be on the watch for sturgeon as you paddle this stretch of river! You pass under the Mission/Abbotsford bridge, and then past Crescent Island to Glen Valley Regional Park.

Level of difficulty: Be prepared for a long paddle! Canoeing experience is necessary on this trip and you must have the endurance to paddle for six hours and feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. This is a full day of paddling, you will need to keep paddling at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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: Pack snacks and a lunch! 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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 7:30am on Thursday, August 10th at Glen Valley Regional Park. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the Cheam campsite. After an enjoyable morning of paddling, you land back at Glen Valley Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at Glen Valley Regional Park (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: On Thursday evening, August 10th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at Glen Valley Regional Park. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

Glen Valley to Derby Reach - Fri. morning, Aug. 11, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 3.5 – 4.0 hours
Please note this paddle has been lengthened. Instead of finishing at Derby Reach, we will be finishing at Colony Farm Regional Park, lengthening the trip from a 1.5 hour paddle to a 3.5 or 4.0 hour paddle. The descriptions and logistics below have been updated to reflect this change.

This lovely ‘park to park to park’ paddle takes you from Glen Valley Regional Park in Abbotsford to Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley, finishing at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. Leaving Glen Valley, you paddle by Brae Island and historic Fort Langley en route to Derby Reach. After leaving Derby Reach, you paddle under the Golden Ears Bridge, past Maple Ridge and Barnston Island. Once you paddle by the mouth of the Pitt River and round Douglas Island, you see the Port Mann Bridge in the distance. On the final stretch you paddle to Tree Island and then head for the Coquitlam River. After a short paddle upriver, you will be given a traditional Kwikwetlem First Nation welcome as you land.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river and have the endurance to paddle for 4 hours. You will paddle at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – but don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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: Pack snacks and a lunch! 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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 11:00am on Friday, August 11th at the Colony Farm Regional Park parking lot. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Glen Valley Regional Park. After an enjoyable day of paddling, you land back at Colony Farm Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall (see below) after the paddle, as well as the tour of the Glen Valley Organic Farm before the paddle (10:00 am) and the tour of the Colony Farm Community Garden after the paddle.

Wild Salmon Feast: On Friday evening, August 11th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall, near Colony Farm Regional Park. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

Derby Reach to Kwikwetlem - Fri. afternoon, Aug. 11, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 3.5 – 4.0 hours
Please note this paddle has been lengthened. Instead of starting at Derby Reach, we will be launching from Glen Valley Regional Park, lengthening the trip from a 2.5 hour paddle to a 3.5 or 4.0 hour paddle. The descriptions and logistics below have been updated to reflect this change.

This lovely ‘park to park to park’ paddle takes you from Glen Valley Regional Park in Abbotsford to Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley, finishing at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. Leaving Glen Valley, you paddle by Brae Island and historic Fort Langley en route to Derby Reach. After leaving Derby Reach, you paddle under the Golden Ears Bridge, past Maple Ridge and Barnston Island. Once you paddle by the mouth of the Pitt River and round Douglas Island, you see the Port Mann Bridge in the distance. On the final stretch you paddle to Tree Island and then head for the Coquitlam River. After a short paddle upriver, you will be given a traditional Kwikwetlem First Nation welcome as you land.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river and have the endurance to paddle for 4 hours. You will paddle at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – but don’t worry there will be breaks! You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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: Pack snacks and a lunch! 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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 11:00am on Friday, August 11th at the Colony Farm Regional Park parking lot. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Glen Valley Regional Park. After an enjoyable day of paddling, you land back at Colony Farm Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall (see below) after the paddle, as well as the tour of the Glen Valley Organic Farm before the paddle (10:00 am) and the tour of the Colony Farm Community Garden after the paddle.

Wild Salmon Feast: On Friday evening, August 11th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall, near Colony Farm Regional Park. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

Kwikwetlem to New Westminster - Sat. morning, Aug. 12, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 1.5 to 2.0 hours
You’ll be surprised you are even in the Lower Mainland. Paddling out of the Coquitlam River, you enter the Fraser River heading toward the sea. You paddle under the massive Port Mann Bridge, with Coquitlam on the west side and Surrey to the east. While this stretch of river is heavily used by industry, you will also see the beauty and diversity of the Fraser. Watch for seals and, if you’re lucky, you may even see a sturgeon surface! After paddling by Sapperton Landing in New Westminster and under the Pattullo Bridge, you land beside the M.V. Native Paddlewheeler at the Westminster Quay.

Level of difficulty: This is a short morning paddle. No canoeing experience is necessary but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. You will paddle at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip – but don’t worry, even on this short trip there will be breaks! You will be paddling with 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 7:15am on Saturday, August 12th at the Westminster Quay parking lot. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Kwikwetlem First Nation. After an enjoyable morning paddle, you land back at Westminster Quay (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us for the tour of the Fraser River Discovery Centre that afternoon, as well as join us that evening for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: On Saturday evening, August 12th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe in Vancouver. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

New Westminster to Burnaby - Sat. afternoon, Aug. 12, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 2.0 to 2.5 hours
Paddling from Westminster Quay, you stay to the right entering the North Arm of the Fraser River. You paddle under the Queensborough Bridge and by the Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. You will need to keep paddling 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.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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: Pack a lunch, if you haven’t eaten, and snacks. 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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 11:00 at the Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Westminster Quay. After an enjoyable afternoon paddle, you land back at Burnaby’s Fraser Foreshore Park. You are welcome to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: On Saturday evening, August 12th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe in Vancouver. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

Burnaby to Musqueam - Sat. afternoon, Aug. 12, 2017 - SOLD OUT

Approx. 3.0 to 3.5 hours
Paddling from Burnaby’s Fraser Foreshore Park, you paddle the Fraser River’s North Arm. Entering Vancouver, you paddle under the Knight Street Bridge, by Mitchell Island, under the Skytrain Bridge, the Oak Street Bridge and finally the Arthur Laing Bridge. You paddle by Sea Island heading toward the mouth of the river to the sea – hopefully the tide is with us! You paddle past McDonald Park and will be given a traditional Musqueam welcome as you land on their territory.

Level of difficulty: No canoeing experience is necessary, but you should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. You will need to keep paddling 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.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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: Pack a lunch, if you haven’t eaten, and snacks. 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.

Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 12th at the Musqueam Indian Band community hall. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Burnaby. After an enjoyable afternoon paddle, you land back at Musqueam Indian Band community hall. You are welcome to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe (see below).

Wild Salmon Feast: On Saturday evening, August 12th, please join us for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band Community Centre Cafe in Vancouver. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the feast.

English Bay (Pink Salmon Festival, beside the Maritime Museum) - 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.

Sponsor a canoe: If your business, organization or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a canoe, please read our sponsorship document for more details, and then:

Sponsor a Canoe

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.

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