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A giant flotilla of canoes, kayaks, and powered rafts will travel 18 km from Harrison Lake to Kilby.

In celebration of BC Rivers Day, paddle with us down the Harrison River in the company of professional guides. You’ll be part of a giant flotilla of Voyageurs, canoes, kayaks, and rafts that will travel 18 km from Harrison Lake to historic Kilby. Along the way, a Chehalis cultural guide 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 the Harrison.

The Harrison is also wealthy in fish and wildlife values. The river supports all five species of Pacific salmon, and it was declared a “Salmon Stronghold” by river advocate Mark Angelo and the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (PFRCC). The “Stronghold” designation attests to the healthy status of the Harrison and Chehalis Rivers.

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


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

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Please check with us directly for information on any open spots at 604-869-1274, or by email at lklassen@hopemountain.org.

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)
  • Voyageur canoe – $135/person

Call us if the registration category you’re looking for is full – 604-869-1274.

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 Harrison and Kilby
  • Professional educators to help you understand this part of the river
  • First aid and satellite phone

Note: Lunch will not be provided this year; 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.

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 18-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. Entrants do not require previous river experience, but must be confident on flat water. The Harrison has relatively gentle currents and the presence of a motorized escort ensures that any accidents can be attended to quickly. Currents will assist your paddling, so the 18-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 (participant’s registration fee–less $20 administrative fee per person–will be refunded).

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.

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 25th , 2016

8:30 AM – If you are NOT bringing a boat, park your car at Kilby Historic Park (see map) and a shuttle bus will take you to Harrison Lake.

9:00 AM – If you ARE bringing your own boat, drive directly to Harrison Lake and park at the Public Boat Launch (see map). Unload your boat here.

All participants must check in at 9:00 AM at the Public Boat Launch beside Harrison Lake to complete necessary forms and sign legal waivers in front of staff/volunteers as their witness.

10:00 AM – boats are on the water and paddling! River exploration with guided educational stops along the way.

12:00 Noon – lunch beside the Harrison River. More river exploration in the afternoon.

4:00 PM – boats arrive at Kilby. Shuttle bus takes those who brought their own boats back to Harrison to retrieve their cars. People who did not bring their own boats will already be parked at Kilby and can drive home from there.

Map of Harrison and Kilby meeting locations (downloadable PDF).

**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 Harrison Lake public boat launch. See map below.

For those who are NOT bringing their own boats, meet at Kilby Historic Park. See map below.

Map of Harrison and Kilby meeting locations (downloadable PDF).

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 Kilby Historic Park to Harrison Lake at the start of the day so that these participants can drive home from Kilby at the end of the day.

A shuttle bus will take those who ARE bringing their own boats back to Harrison Lake to pick up their vehicles at the end of the day. Then these participants will drive in their own vehicles back to Kilby Historic Park to pick up their boats. Note that there will be someone who remains at Kilby 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 this year; 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

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.