Paddle the Lower Fraser

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Paddle the Lower Fraser

Join us for a unique way to see the 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 eight trips available (click the blue + symbol for more information):

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 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe. Paddling out of Hope can be windy.

[Link to Google Map to come].

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 at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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

Approx. 3.5 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 and the farms of Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley. On the final stretch, you paddle past Nicomen Island to the boat launch off River Road South, near Dewdney.

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.

[Link to Google Map to come].

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 or even 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 the boat launch off River Road S, near Dewdney. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the Cheam campsite. After an enjoyable morning of paddling, you land back at the boat launch (where your vehicle is parked). You’re welcome to join us that evening 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 at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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

Approx. 2.5 to 3.0 hours
Be on the watch for sturgeon as you paddle this stretch of river! You paddle under the Mission/Abbotsford bridge, and past Crescent Island to Glen Valley Regional Park.

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 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.

[Link to Google Map to come].

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 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 10:45am on Thursday, August 10th at Glen Valley Regional Park. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the boat launch off River Road South, near Dewdeny. After an enjoyable afternoon of paddling, you land back at Glen Valley Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us that evening 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 at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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

Approx. 1.5 hours
This lovely ‘park to park’ paddle takes you from Glen Valley Regional Park to Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley. Leaving Glen Valley, you paddle by Brae Island and historic Fort Langley en route to Derby Reach. This is a pleasant paddle, which is just long enough to get a sense of what the Fraser River has to offer.

Level of difficulty: 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, and although it’s a short trip 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].

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 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 9:30am on Friday, August 11th at Derby Reach Regional Park. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Glen Valley Regional Park. After an enjoyable afternoon paddle, you land back at Derby Reach Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall (see below).

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 at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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

Approx. 2.5 to 3.0 hours
This ‘park to park’ paddle takes you from Derby Reach Regional Park in Langley to Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. 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. This is a good afternoon paddle. 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 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe.

[Link to Google Map to come].

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 and lunch, if you haven’t eaten! 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 12:00pm on Friday, August 11th at the Colony Farm Regional Park parking lot. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Derby Reach Regional Park. After an enjoyable afternoon paddle, you land back at Colony Farm Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are welcome to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall (see below).

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 at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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

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.

[Link to Google Map to come].

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 that evening for the FraserFEST Wild Salmon Feast at the Musqueam Indian Band community hall (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 hall in Vancouver. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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

Approx. 4.0 to 4.5 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. 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. On the final leg, you paddle beside Sea Island heading to the Sea – hopefully the tide is with you! You paddle past McDonald Park and will be given a traditional Musqueam welcome as you land.

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 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.

[Link to Google Map to come].

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 11:00am on Saturday, August 12th at the Musqueam Indian Band community hall. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Westminster Quay. 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 hall (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 hall in Vancouver. The dinner is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register at least a week in advance of your rafting 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 a big river. 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].

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. You are welcome to take part in the free Pink Salmon Festival and enjoy a FraserFEST Wild Salmon lunch (see below).

Pink Salmon Festival: On Sunday afternoon, August 27th, please join us for the Wild Salmon Lunch at Vanier Park in Vancouver, part of the Pink Salmon Festival, happening that same day. The lunch is included with the canoe sponsorship, but you must register at least a week in advance of your rafting day.

Register for the feast.

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