FraserFEST Guided Canoe Trip for Individuals
Join us for a unique way to experience the Fraser River. Spend a day paddling a 34′ Voyageur canoe on the Lower Fraser with up to 14 other people as part of FraserFEST.
Kwikwetlem to Musqueam
(Coquitlam to Vancouver)
Sunday, September 22nd
At the start of the trip 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 where you will take a break.
Paddling from Westminster Quay, you stay to the right entering the North Arm of the Fraser River. You paddle under the Queensborough Bridge and take another break in Burnaby. From there, you paddle the Fraser River’s North Arm under the Knight Street Bridge, past Mitchell Island, under the Canada Line 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.
Includes the paddle led by a professional guide, lunch, tour of the Fraser River Discovery Centre, a FraserFEST t-shirt, the Musqueam Community Dinner and a shuttle back to Coquitlam at the end of the day.
Level of difficulty: This is a full day of paddling; some canoeing experience and stamina are necessary. You should feel comfortable in a large canoe on a big river. You will be paddling with up to 13 others and a professional guide in a sturdy 34’ Voyageur canoe. You will paddle at a comfortable pace for the duration of the trip and will take breaks.
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 forecast that morning. It can be cooler on the water, dressing in layers is recommended.
What to bring: Paddles, lifejackets and safety equipment will be supplied. Lunch is provided, please bring your own snacks. 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. Avoid cotton, if possible, and wear quick-drying materials instead. Bring a small backpack for your extra sweater or shirt, drinking bottle, camera, snacks and lunch. Line your bag with a plastic bag or, if you have one, bring a small dry bag.
Logistics: To be determined.
Register to Paddle Kwikwetlem to Musqueam on Sunday, September 22nd
Everyone lives in a watershed.
*Photo at top by Sasha Makhneva.