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


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Chilliwack city council won’t reconsider cannabis retail applicant’s rejected pot shop

Reconsideration motion for proposed pot shop on Promontory defeated in three-to-three vote

Two week lock down lifted for Kent Institution

A search at the prison found nearly 26 grams of hashish and a cellphone

Chilliwack city council sides with seniors against five-storey apartment project

Developer sent back to the drawing board over concerns about sun-blocking building downtown

Harrison Hot Springs to partner with Sts’ailes for reconciliation event

The event will be funded by a grant meant to build dialogue between cities and local First Nations

Ryan McMahon brings new tunes to Acoustic Emporium in Chilliwack

Album is ‘snapshot of a soon-to-be middle-aged man trying to beat the blues,’ says singer-songwriter

Coquitlam RCMP release video in search for witness to crash that killed girl, 13

Witness is described as a slim Asian man with short, black hair, no facial hair and wearing glasses

Roadside device to weed out THC can’t detect impairment, B.C. lawyer says

‘This fact alone is likely to have serious implications for Canadians’ Charter Rights,’ lawyer Sarah Leamon warns

B.C. firefighters rescue frozen dog from ice

The fire crew found a dog stuck in the at Lake Paul on May 20

Most British Columbians agree the ‘big one’ is coming, but only 50% are prepared

Only 46 per cent of British Columbians have prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need

B.C. man to pay Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party $20k over lawsuit

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Sitting and sleeping on downtown sidewalks could net $100 fine in Penticton

The measure, which still requires final approval, would be enforced between May and Sept. 30

Survey finds 15% of Canadian cannabis users with a valid licence drive within two hours of using

Survey also finds middle-aged men are upping their usage following legalization

Most Read