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David Suzuki to speak at Paddle for the Peace

The Paddle for the Peace is quickly approaching, and this year’s event promises to be quite the memorable day on the river. This Saturday, July 14 will be the 7th annual Paddle for the Peace, a day long paddle supporting the Peace River, including food, music and this year featuring a speech from well-known environmental activist, David Suzuki.

Registration for the Paddle will be taking place the day of the event, beginning at 9 a.m. with registration closing at 11 a.m., which is when boats will launch into the river.

During that time, there will also be a pancake breakfast for all paddlers and supporters, which is being put on by the West Moberly First Nations.

Boats will launch from the Halfway River bridge, located along highway 29, where participating paddlers will travel downstream to Bear Flat. The take-out site will be just downstream of the mouth of the Halfway, on the east side of the bridge.

This year’s paddle is set to take approximately two ours on the river, so participants are being encouraged to bring snacks, water, sunscreen and anything else they feel necessary to combat dehydration and the hot sun.

Following the paddle, a shuttle bus will transport paddlers back to their vehicles at the Halfway River bridge.

If anyone is interested in participating but does not have a canoe, bring a lifejacket to the registration desk and organizers will do their best to try and find an empty spot in a canoe.

Lifejackets are mandatory for all participants.

Following the time on the river, a celebration will be held, including a barbeque, live music featuring dozens of local artists and even a short speech from well-known environmental activist, David Suzuki.

Registration only costs $5 to cover the cost of insurance and can be filled out either the day of the event, or in advance by calling Danielle at 250-785-8510, or email pvea@shaw.ca.