Program: Guided Paddle
When: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Where: Fraser River – Hope to Agassiz
Cost: $145 – own boat
$225 – voyageur
Please call 604-869-1274, or email email@example.com for additional information.
Join our giant flotilla of canoes and kayaks travelling 25 kilometres from Hope to Agassiz.
We invite you to paddle with us and a team of river scientists, an Indigenous cultural guide, historians and naturalists who will all share their knowledge and different perspectives of the mighty Fraser River. Bring your own boat or hop aboard one of our large, guided voyager canoes. There’s something for all skill levels, and a motorized escort boat will keep everyone safe on the river.
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.
As the population of this region continues to grow, it is increasingly important that we better understand and protect this incredibly important river.
This event is self-catered: light snacks and drinks will be provided at the morning check-in. Please bring lunch and sufficient water for the day for yourself.
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.”
- Your own canoe or kayak – $145/person
- Voyageur canoe – $225/person
See “Skill Levels” below, to find out which travel option is best for you.
Age limit: For the safety of everyone, kids 8 years old and older are welcome. Anyone age 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian.
- Professional river guides
- Powered safety raft escort
- Bus transportation between Agassiz and Hope
- Professional educators to help you understand this part of the river.
Note: This is a safe-catered event; bring your own drinks and packed lunch.
Voyageur participants will be expected to paddle, but we will be going down river with the river current so only moderate physical fitness is required. Participants will need to be able to manoeuvre in and out of a large canoe, and walk in the water to the watercraft across rocky, uneven river shore.
Canoe/kayak participants will be paddling in a high-volume river. The stretch of river between Hope and our terminus at the Agassiz Bridge is a mix of class 1 and class 2 water rapids so participants in their own boats must have river paddling experience and be physically able to independently manoeuvre their boats in turbulent water. Currents will assist paddling, so the trip is moderate in terms of physical demand. Participants will be getting into the watercraft by travelling across rocky, uneven river shore (there is no dock).
**Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants.
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 Hope and Agassiz is mostly Class-1 water, with a few Class-2 water sections. Currents will assist your paddling, so the 25-km trip is moderate in terms of physical demand.
If you choose to bring your own watercraft, please note that you are required* to bring your own safety gear as well. We will be checking to make sure everyone has brought:
1) one life jacket/PFD for each person on board, 2) one bailer or manual bilge pump, 3) one sound signaling device, such as pealess whistle, 4) secure buoyancy fore and aft
Boat Safety Check List; PDF 69 kb
One buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres long is not required but highly recommended.
*We reserve the right to turn away participants/watercrafts if deemed unsafe or the required equipment is absent. Participants’ registration fee less a $50 administration fee per person will be refunded.
No river experience needed. These large canoes hold up 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 or special equipment is required. You’ll paddle the river as the Stó:lo and early settlers did!
Sunday, September 24, 2023
9:00 AM – Check in beside the Fraser River in Hope, followed by an introduction and safety talk. People with their own boats may drive directly to the Hope launch site to unload there if the vehicle is capable of driving over rock and sand. Otherwise, park on Wardle St and carry boats down.
10:00 AM – Flotilla of boats departs from Hope, traveling 25 km downriver to the Agassiz Bridge, stopping for lunch and sights of interest along the way.
4:30 PM – Arrive at Agassiz Bridge. Shuttle bus takes participants back to Hope (25-minute drive). Staff watch over boats at Agassiz Bridge until participants return with their vehicles to load canoes/kayaks and head home.
- Be aware that times are approximate. Start and end times may vary slightly depending on speed of the group, weather conditions, etc.
Hope Mountain Centre will have a staging area (tents and tables and signs) set up on the beach off of Wardle Street (approximately 586 Wardle St) in Hope. Keep an eye out for signage. Park on Wardle Street.
Note a shuttle bus will bring participants back to Hope at the end of the day to return to their vehicles. Participants with their own boats will then need to drive in their own vehicles back to the Agassiz bridge to pick up their boats where staff will remain to watch over the boats and any belongings left there.
Participants must use their own vehicles to get themselves and their boats to the start location. Map of meeting location.
A shuttle bus will take participants from Kilby Historic Park to Harrison Lake at the end of the day.
Note: 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.
Those attending with others could do a car drop on either side if they prefer to depart immediately. Space on the shuttle bus is limited to 56 people.
Participants should be prepared for the demands of changing weather and all belongings should be packed in waterproof bags (especially electronics!).
- This event is self-catered, please bring sufficient water for the day, lunch and/or snacks for yourself as needed.
- Hat, sunglasses and sunblock
- Sturdy footwear that you’re OK getting wet! —ie water shoes or secured sandals are good; wool socks inside old runners etc work well too
- Toque and gloves
- Rain jacket and rain pants
- Waterproof carrying bag
- Warm layers (non-cotton)
- String for glasses (it can get very windy!)
- Complete change of clothes
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.
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
Sorry no refunds!
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.