Jenna Hauck/ Progress file                                More than 50 people showed up last year in Chilliwack to explore the Hope Slough by kayak and canoe.

Jenna Hauck/ Progress file More than 50 people showed up last year in Chilliwack to explore the Hope Slough by kayak and canoe.

It’s a chance Sunday in Chilliwack to tour the Hope Slough by canoe or kayak

It’s becoming an annual event hosted by Watershed Watch and Friends of the Camp-Hope Slough

Watershed Watch and Friends of Camp-Hope Slough are holding their annual canoe tour and cleanup of the historic Hope Slough on 1-3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29.

It’s a way to engage with the community, and connect with the Hope Slough and the salmon.

It’s also a great opportunity celebrate the Blueway Access plan that the City of Chilliwack just passed.

“The Camp-Hope Sloughs are underappreciated waterways, impacted by diking infrastructure and affected by poor water quality,” said one of the organizers, Lina Azeez of Watershed Watch. “We want to see it restored. We will be removing garbage as we paddle and take time to appreciate this local gem.”

Organizers were thrilled when 50 people showed up last year to paddle the waterway.

Refreshments and cleanup tools will be provided. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather, and bring a pair of gloves. Bring a canoe, kayak or paddle board.

Anyone who’d like to reserve a canoe or a seat in a canoe contact Lina Azeez, lina@watershedwatch.ca. Rentals are at a cost of $20/canoe.

Participants are meeting at Reeves Road and Yale.

Organizers recognize the event is on unceded Sto:lo territories of the Cheam, Skway and Skwah nations.


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