People paddle along during the Hope Slough Canoe Tour in 2017. This year’s paddle is on April 27. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Paddle down the Hope Slough in a kayak or canoe

Learn about the importance of a local waterway, discuss solutions, and enjoy a bbq lunch at the end

The Paddle the Hope Slough event is back by popular demand in Chilliwack on April 27.

The event is a chance to paddle serenely down the historic Hope slough in a canoe or kayak.

“Waterways like these provide important ecological habitat for wild pacific salmon such as the chinook salmon, integral to the survival of southern resident killer whales,” according to organizers.

Attendees will learn a little about the importance of the local waterway, discuss solutions, and pick up some trash along the way.

In collaboration with Friends of Camp-Hope Slough (#SOS Save Our Slough), Watershed Watch Salmon Society, has been working to raise awareness about the value of local waterways and the need to improve water quality and habitat.

City of Chilliwack has been quantifying what it would take to restore the slough, whether by introducing fresh water, or looking at dredging options. City staff has pegged the comprehensive restoration cost at more than $30 million, which would require buy-in by other levels of government to accomplish.

READ MORE: A sea of canoes and happy faces

Canoes for the event are available to rent for $20/person, PFDs included, or hit the water for free for those who have their own canoes/kayaks.

The event runs rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring some water. Tickets at eventbrite.

Paddle the Slough is April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Launch site is Reeves Road at Yale Road. Tour ends at the Kinsmen Park followed by a BBQ lunch by donation put on by 1st Fairfield Scouts.

READ MORE: Even better turnout the second year

READ MORE: Friends of the slough push for restoration


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