World Rivers Day

A giant flotilla of canoes, kayaks, and rafts will travel 22 kilometres from Yale to Hope.

In celebration of World and BC Rivers Day, paddle with us down the Fraser River in the company of professional guides. You’ll be part of a giant flotilla of Voyageurs, canoes, kayaks, and rafts that will travel 22 kms from historic Yale to Hope. Along the way, cultural guide Sonny McHalsie will show us ancient rock paintings and village sites, and share with us some of the stories and traditions that define the cultural wealth of this stretch of the Fraser.


Comments from previous Rivers Day events:

“The resource people were outstanding. Safety concerns were fully addressed. A wonderful, wonderful day on the river.”

“The rivers day was awesome. Really like the presentations. Well organized, great group of people. WELL DONE!!”

“The entire program was excellent, and the weather cooperated!”

“Everything was good and I enjoyed it.”

“I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the cultural experience.”

“I thought the trip was safely planned and the staff were all very friendly.”

COST

Cost:

  • Your own canoe or kayak – $75/adult (19 yrs +), $40/youth (8-18 yrs)
  • Motorized raft – $120/adult (19 yrs +), $60/youth (8-18 yrs)
  • Paddle raft – TBD
  • Voyageur canoe – $135/person

Age limit: Youth 8 years old and up are welcome.  Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Price includes:

  • Professional river guides
  • Powered safety raft escort
  • Bus transportation between Hope and Yale
  • Professional educators to help you understand this part of the river
  • First aid and satellite phone

Note: Lunch will not be provided; please bring your bag lunch.

PHYSICAL DEMAND

Guided motorized raft participants will need to be able to get into and disembark their raft a few times along the way.  This may be the most challenging demand.

Paddle raft participants do not need to have any paddle experience and minimal physical stamina is required. Rafts offer extra safety, comfort and they’re navigated by an experienced guide. Paddling is optional if you’d rather relax!

Voyageur participants will be expected to paddle, but we will be going down river with the river current so average physical fitness is required.

Canoe/kayak participants should be at least moderately fit. Currents will assist your paddling, so the 22-km trip is moderate in terms of physical demand, however, winds may require paddlers to work harder on some sections of the river.

SKILL LEVELS

PADDLE YOUR OWN BOAT
People bringing their own canoes and kayaks are welcome. Paddlers must have previous river experience. The Yale to Hope stretch of the Fraser contains strong currents, eddy lines, whirlpools and class 2 rapids. The presence of a motorized escort ensures that any accidents can be attended to quickly. Currents will assist your paddling, so the 22-km trip is moderate in terms of physical demand, however, winds may require paddlers to work harder on some sections of the river.

If you choose to bring your own watercraft, please note that we will be checking for the following safety requirements: 1) one life jacket or PFD for each person on board, 2) one buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres long (not mandatory), 3) one bailer or manual bilge pump, 4) one sound signaling device, such as pealess whistle, 5) secure buoyancy fore and aft.

Boat Safety Check List; PDF 69 kb

We reserve the right to turn away watercraft if deemed unsafe or the appropriate equipment is absent (a refund will be given of the registration fee less a $20 administrative fee per person).

MOTORIZED RAFT
No river experience needed. Travel in the comfort and safety of a large “J-rig” raft piloted by an experienced river guide. The raft offers stability and easy travel for folks who don’t want to paddle.

PADDLE RAFT
Paddle raft participants do not need to have any paddle experience. Rafts offer extra safety, comfort and they’re navigated by an experienced guide. Paddling is optional if you’d rather relax!

VOYAGEUR CANOE
No river experience needed. These large canoes hold 10 to 20 paddlers and offer good stability. Each Voyageur is navigated by an experienced river guide (from the rear). Paddling is easy and no experience is required. You’ll paddle the river as the Stó:lo and early explorers did!

ITINERARY

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

8:00 AM – If you are NOT bringing a boat, park your car by the Fraser River on Wardle Street in Hope (see map).

Participants without boats must check in at 8:00 AM at the check-in table on the beach by the Fraser River on Wardle Street to complete necessary forms and sign legal waivers with staff/volunteers as their witness.

8:30 AM – Shuttle bus takes participants from Wardle Street to Yale.

9:00 AM – If you ARE bringing your own boat, drive directly to Yale for check-in. Parking will be available all day on Front Street by the Fraser River (see map). Public washrooms are available a few blocks away at the rest area on Hwy 1.

Participants with their boats must check in at 9:00 AM at the check-in table on the beach, beside the Fraser River at Yale to complete necessary forms and sign legal waivers with staff/volunteers as their witness.

9:30 AM – Introduction to the day’s events and river safety talk.

10:00 AM – Depart Yale and travel 22 kms downstream to Hope, stopping for lunch and sights of interest along the way.

4:30 PM – Boats arrive at Hope. Shuttle bus takes those who brought their own boats back to Yale (20-min. drive) to retrieve their vehicles. Staff will watch over boats in Hope until participants return with their vehicles to load canoes/kayaks. People who did not bring their own boats will already be parked at Wardle Street in Hope and can drive home from there.

Map of Hope and Yale meeting locations.

**Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.

MEETING PLACE

For those who ARE bringing their own boats, meet at Yale. See map below.

For those who are NOT bringing their own boats, meet at Wardle Street, Hope. See map below.

Map of Hope and Yale meeting locations

TRANSPORTATION

Participants must use their own vehicles to get themselves and their boats to the start location.

A shuttle bus will take those who are NOT bringing their own boats from Hope to Yale at the start of the day so that these participants can drive home directly from Hope at the end of the day.

A shuttle bus will take those who ARE bringing their own boats back to Yale to pick up their vehicles at the end of the day. Then these participants will drive in their own vehicles back to Hope to pick up their boats. Note that there will be someone who remains at Hope to watch the boats belonging to these participants until they can come back to pick them up.

WHAT TO BRING

Participants should be prepared for the demands of changing weather and all belongings should be packed in water-tight bags (especially electronics!).

  • Lunch will not be provided; please bring your own bag lunch.
  • Snacks and extra water
  • Hat and sunblock
  • Sun glasses
  • Sturdy footwear — river shoes or sandals are good, and wool socks inside old runners work well too
  • Toque
  • Rain gear
  • Knapsack or carrying bag
  • Polar fleece or acrylic/wool top (warm when wet)
  • Retainer or string for glasses
  • Complete change of clothes
  • Wind breaker
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

ADDITIONAL INFO

Liability Release Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. This form will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.

Boat Safety Check List; PDF 69 kb

Dr. Naxaxalhts’i – full biography

Dr. Naxaxalhts’i, Hon.LL.D. (2011), also known as Albert “Sonny” McHalsie, is the Sxweyxwiyam/Cultural Advisor for the Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre and Narrator for Bad Rock Tours operated by the SRRMC. The Centre operates on behalf of all Stó:lo within the Lower Fraser River Watershed of southwestern British Columbia. Dr. Naxaxalhts’i was a contributing author of “You Are Asked To Witness: The Stó:lo in Canada’s Pacific Coast History” (1996). He was also a co-author of the book “I am Stó:lo: Katherine explores her heritage” (1997), a grade four book that features his daughter Katherine. He sat on the editorial board and was a contributor to the award winning publication “A Stó:lo Coast Salish Historical Atlas” (2001). More recently he was a contributing author to “Be Of Good Mind: Essays on the Coast Salish” (2007). Sonny has also written the foreword to the latest publication by Keith Thor Carlson entitled “The Power of Place The Problem of Time: Aboriginal Identity and Historical Consciousness in the Cauldron of Colonialism.” He has worked for the Stó:lo since 1985 in many aspects of Stó:lo culture and history including Place Names, Traditional Use Studies, and Heritage. He is a member of the Shxw’owhamel First Nation, and is the proud father of two daughters and six sons, and grandfather to three granddaughters and six grandsons. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing ground at Aseláw located within the Stó:lo Fishery in the lower Fraser Canyon.

CANCELLATIONS

If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.

A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY

Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants. While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave Fido at home.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Register online to reserve your spot.  Call 604-869-1274 or email us at lklassen@hopemountain.org for more information.