Paddle the Lower Fraser 2019


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Paddle the Lower Fraser

Join us for a unique way to experience the Fraser River. Paddle a 34′ Voyageur canoe with your team of 14 as part of FraserFEST. To participate, your organization can sponsor a canoe!

For Groups

We have seven remarkable Lower Fraser River paddle trips to choose from. Click the blue + symbol for more information:

Hope to Cheam - Fri, Sept. 13, 2019

Approx. 2.5 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.

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 September, 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 Fri, September 13th, at the Cheam Fishing Village campground 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 Cheam Fishing campground where you are invited to take part in the FraserFEST Community Dinner (see below).

FraserFEST Community Dinner: After your afternoon paddle, please join us for the Cheam Community Dinner at the Cheam Fishing campground on Friday evening, September 13th. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the dinner.

Cheam to Dewdney - Sat, Sept. 14, 2019

Approx. 3.0 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 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: 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 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 September, you can expect typical west coast weather, which includes sunny and hot, but it could be overcast or 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 Saturday, September 14th 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 are invited to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Community Dinner at Glen Valley Regional Park (see below)

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Saturday evening, September 14th, please join us for the Dewdney Community Dinner at Dewdney Regional Park. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the dinner.

Dewdney to Kwantlen - Sun, Sept. 15, 2019

Approx. 3.5 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 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.

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 September, you can expect typical west coast weather, which includes sunny and hot, but it could be overcast or 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 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 15th at Glen Valley Regional Park. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to the boat launch off River Road South, near Dewdney. After an enjoyable afternoon of paddling, you land back at Glen Valley Regional Park (where your vehicle is parked). You are invited to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Community Dinner at Glen Valley Regional Park (see below).

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Sunday evening, September 15th, please join us for the Kwantlen Community Dinner at Glen Valley Regional Park. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the dinner.

Kwantlen to Kwikwetlem - Sat, Sept. 21, 2019

Approx. 3.5 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.

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 September, you can expect typical west coast weather, which includes sunny and hot, but it could be overcast or 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 Saturday, September 21st 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 invited to join us for the FraserFEST Community Dinner at the Kwikwetlem First Nation community hall (see below) after the paddle.

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Saturday evening, August 25th, please join us for the Kwikwetlem Community Dinner. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the dinner.

Kwikwetlem to Qayqayt - Sun. morning, Sept. 22, 2019

Approx. 1.5 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 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 September, you can expect typical west coast weather, which includes sunny and hot, but it could be overcast or 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 7:30am on Sunday, September 22nd 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 invited to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Community Dinner at McDonald Beach Park (see below).

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Sunday evening, September 22nd, please join us for the final FraserFEST 2019 Community Dinner at McDonald Beach Park in Richmond. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the dinner.

Qayqayt to Burnaby - Sun. afternoon, Sept. 22, 2019

Approx. 1.0 hour
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.

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 September, you can expect typical west coast weather, which includes sunny and hot, but it could be overcast or 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 am on Sunday, September 22nd 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 invited to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Community Dinner at McDonald Beach Park (see below).

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Sunday evening, September 22nd, please join us for the final FraserFEST 2019 Community Dinner at McDonald Beach Park in Richmond. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the dinner.

Burnaby to Musqueam - Sun. afternoon, Sept. 22, 2019

Approx. 2.0 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 land at McDonald Beach Park, part of Musqueam traditional 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 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 September, you can expect typical West Coast weather, which includes sunny and hot but it could be overcast or 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 Sunday, September 22nd at McDonald Beach Park in Richmond. After a welcome circle, you board a shuttle bus to Burnaby. After an enjoyable afternoon paddle, you land back at McDonald Beach Park. You are invited to join us that evening for the FraserFEST Community Dinner at McDonald Beach Park (see below).

FraserFEST Community Dinner: On Sunday evening, September 22nd, please join us for the final FraserFEST 2019 Community Dinner at McDonald Beach Park in Richmond. The dinner is by donation, but you must register in advance of your paddling day.

Register for the dinner.

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