FraserFEST Lower Fraser 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.
*Please note the starting point of this trip has changed from Kwikwetlem (Coquitlam) to Qayqayt (New Westminster).
Qayqayt to Musqueam
(New Westminster to Vancouver)
Sunday, September 22nd
Paddling from Westminster Quay, you stay to the right entering the North Arm of the Fraser River. You paddle under the Queensborough Bridge, paralleling the Fraser Foreshore Trail, and stop for another break in East Vancouver. 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 the Musqueam Indian Band reserve at the mouth of the mighty Fraser River, where we will receive a traditional welcome before gathering for dinner.
Price: $125 + GST.
Includes the paddle led by a professional guide, shuttle, a FraserFEST t-shirt, and the Musqueam Community Dinner.
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. Please pack and bring your own lunch and 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.
Shuttle: Meet your paddle group at 11:00am on Sunday, September 22nd at the Musqueam Indian Band Administration Office parking lot (6735 Salish Drive, Vancouver). Following check-in, you board a shuttle bus to New Westminster. After an enjoyable day of paddling, you land back at Musqueam (where your vehicle/carpool is parked). You are invited to join us that evening for the final FraserFEST 2019 Community Dinner at the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, 4000 Musqueam Ave, Vancouver. The dinner is included for canoe sponsors, paying paddlers and Musqueam hosts. Others will need to register with a $15 dinner ticket, at least three days in advance of the event.
Register to Paddle the Lower Fraser Guided Canoe Trip on Sunday, September 22nd
Everyone lives in a watershed.
*Photo at top by Sasha Makhneva.