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Chilliwack kayakers to appear on Rick Mercer Report

Cameras roll at Cultus Lake as Chilliwack’s Jon Allen (left) helps Rick Mercer gets geared up to go kayaking with members of the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence. Footage filmed over the Thanksgiving weekend will air Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report. - RFORT PHOTO
Cameras roll at Cultus Lake as Chilliwack’s Jon Allen (left) helps Rick Mercer gets geared up to go kayaking with members of the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence. Footage filmed over the Thanksgiving weekend will air Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report.
— image credit: RFORT PHOTO

The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence has successfully kept it under wraps for more than two months, but now the secret can be revealed.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend in mid-October, Rick Mercer and his CBC film crew made a stop in Chilliwack to kayak with CCE kids.

“We were asked to keep things low key, which was pretty difficult,” said CCE’s Barb Taylor. “But they spent all day here in little Chilliwack filming for the Rick Mercer Report.”

Mercer spent a morning at Cultus Lake learning kayaking basics from coach Jon Allen.

Later, he was taken for a wild ride through the Chilliwack River’s Tamihi Rapids slalom course by Chilliwack native and Pan Am gold medalist Jazmyne Denhollander.

“The day was peppered with spontaneous comedy, interviews with our young athletes and some pretty amazing camera work, including the use of a drone,” Taylor said. “Chilliwack is going to look pretty cool as it is splashed across Canada Rick Mercer style!”

The segment will air Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Get more info online at cbc.ca/mercerreport or rickmercer.com

Get CCE info at ccekayak.com

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