A giant flotilla of canoes, kayaks, and powered rafts will travel 35 kilometres from Kilby to Mission.
Along the way, you’ll visit the gravel bars, side channels, islands, and riparian forests that make this part of the Fraser so important to fish and wildlife.
Mark Angelo, founder of World Rivers Day, calls this part of the river the “Heart of the Fraser” in honour of the ecological wealth found there. The Hope-to-Mission stretch produces up to 10 million pink salmon annually, and hundreds of thousands of chum salmon. No other part of the Fraser produces more fish. In fact, 30 species of fish are found here, including the largest population of sturgeon in Canada. Ample bird and mammal species are also supported by the river and its forests.
A growing conservation initiative, headed by the Nature Trust and the International Rivers Foundation, seeks to better protect the river from encroaching development. As the population of the Lower Mainland continues to grow, it is increasingly urgent that we protect the natural values of this spectacular section of the world’s greatest salmon river.
We invite you to paddle with us and a team of river scientists who will share their knowledge of the Fraser. Escort boats will keep everyone safe on the river.
Bring your own boat, or hop aboard one of ours. There’s something for all skill levels.
PADDLE YOUR OWN BOAT
People bringing their own canoes and kayaks are welcome. Entrants must have river experience. The Fraser is a moving, high-volume river and the stretch between Kilby and Mission is mostly Class-1 water, with a small amount of Class-2 water sections. Currents will assist your paddling, so the 35-km trip is moderate in terms of physical demand.
If you choose to bring your own watercraft, please note that we will be checking for the following safety requirements:
1. One lifejacket or PFD for each person on board.
2. One buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres long.
3. One bailer or manual bilge pump.
4. One sound signaling device, such as pealess whistle.
5. Secure buoyancy fore and aft.
We reserve the right to reject watercraft and return the participant’s registration fee (less $20 admin. fee per person) if their watercraft is deemed unsafe or the appropriate equipment is absent.
No river experience needed. Travel in the comfort and safety of a large “J-rig” raft driven by an experienced river guide. The raft offers stability and easy travel for folks who don’t want to paddle.
No river experience needed. These large canoes hold 10 to 20 paddlers and offer great 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!
- Your own canoe or kayak – $75/person
- Motorized raft – $120/person
- Voyageur canoe – $135/person
- Professional river guides
- Powered safety raft escort
- Bus transportation between Mission and Kilby
- Lunch and dessert beside the Fraser
- Professional educators to help you understand this part of the river
- First aid and satellite phone
Sunday, September 28th , 2014
7:50 AM – People NOT bringing your own boat, park your car at Matsqui Trails Park near Mission (see map) and a shuttle bus will take you upriver to the Kilby Provincial Park launch site. The river trip will end at Matsqui Trails Park, allowing you to drive home from there.
9:00 AM – People with their own boats should drive directly to the Kilby Provincial Park launch site and park there (see map). The shuttle bus will return you to your car at day’s end (while HMCOL personnel guard your boat at the take out point at Matsqui Trails Park).
10:00 AM – After an introduction and safety talk, the flotilla departs from Kilby, traveling 35 km downriver to Matsqui Trails Park, stopping for lunch and sights of interest along the way.
4:30 PM – Arrive at Matsqui Trails Park near Mission. Shuttle bus takes participants with own boats back to Kilby (45-minute drive). HMCOL personnel watch over boats at Mission until participants return with their vehicles to load canoes/kayaks and head home.
Participants should be prepared for the demands of changing weather and all belongings should be packed in water-tight bags (especially electronics!).
- 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
- Rain gear
- Knapsack or carrying bag
- Polar fleece or acrylic/wool top (warm when wet)
- Retainer or string for glasses
- Complete change of clothes
- Short pants
- Wind breaker
Map of Kilby and Mission; PDF 519 kb
Boat Safety Check List; PDF 69 kb
Fraser River Gravel Reach Website (click on ‘Reports & Publications’ for more information)
If a registration is cancelled 14 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 14 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.
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.
Register online to reserve your spot. Call 604-869-1274 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.