Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP)
Video created by Logan Armstrong, a 2013 SLLP Alumni.
Journey the Route of the Salmon,
from Headwaters to Sea
July 20 – August 14, 2017
Travel 1,400 kms down the mighty Fraser River, one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers, by canoe, raft, shuttle van, and on foot.
Evenings are spent camping under the stars along the banks of the river, while days are spent learning about stewardship and designing your own sustainability project to implement in your community.
Traveling through ten of BC’s fourteen biogeoclimatic zones, you study watersheds, salmon, resource management and how to lower your ecological footprint. You discuss what it means to live sustainably; and you learn about Watershed CPR (conservation, protection and restoration).
Engaging with peers, facilitators, and the RSBC’s extensive network of community leaders, you learn from and get inspired by their experiences and knowledge as you meet them in their communities. Team building, conflict resolution, communication and critical thinking are also part of this dynamic program.
Each day you are surrounded by breathtaking scenery, from ancient rainforests, deserts and grasslands to sage brush and floodplain. By the time you reach the Pacific Ocean, you will have designed your own sustainability project suited to your community, and will have gained the skills and confidence to make a difference in your community.
Please keep in mind these dates and times are subject to change due to weather, logistics or other unforeseen circumstances:
Day 1 – 3
Introductions, rivershed biographies and sustainability projects Walks to Overlander Falls, Kinney Lake and Fraser Headwaters Practice paddle Leadership, the Fraser River and its riversheds
Day 4 – 7
Paddle from Tete Jaune to Crescent Spur
Community Dinner in Dunster
Work on sustainability projects
Walk to Rainbow Falls
Day 8 – 10
Layover in Crescent Spur
Group leadership activity
Hike Goat/Milk Ridge or Project plans/Invertebrates Goat River Trail clearing and hike with the Fraser Headwaters Alliance Shuttle to Xatśūll Ancient Forest walk (near Crescent Spur) Dinner with the Baker Creek Enhancement Society in Quesnel
Day 11 – 20
Layover day in Xatśūll – work on Project plans Xatśūll cultural event & wild salmon feast Raft from Xatśūll to Yale Fish capture demonstration with DFO Tour of Potato House in Williams Lake Dinner with the Scout Island Nature Centre, Williams Lake Solo hike in the Cathedrals Guided tour of Bridge River with the Xwísten First Nation Salmon in the Canyon festival in Lillooet Keely Weget-Whitney swims a section of the Fraser River Wild salmon feast and performance in Tuckkwiowhum Raft Hell’s Gate Wild salmon dinner in Yale
Day 21 – 25
Shuttle to Hope
Paddle from Hope to Vancouver
Wild salmon feast at Fraser River Lodge
Wild salmon feast with Metro Vancouver in Glen Valley Tour of Glen Valley Organic Farm Lunch at Derby Reach Park, Langley Wild salmon feast with Kwikwetlem First Nation Tour Fraser River Discover Centre, New Westminster Wild salmon feast with Musqueam First Nation Paddle from Fraser River estuary into Pacific Ocean Arrive at the Jericho Sailing Centre on the shores of Vancouver
Final closing circle
Final group photo