The No Wake Flotilla takes to the water on Sunday, July 26.
All non-motorized craft are invited to join the sixth annual paddle down the Shuswap River. This event has grown in popularity, last year attracting 95 participants and approximately 70 watercraft of various kinds, who showed their support for non-motorized recreation.
The launch will take place at 10 a.m. at Grindrod Park. A shuttle bus will be available for those paddlers who want to leave their vehicle at Mara Provincial Park. You can drop your boat at Grindrod Park and then drive your vehicle to Mara Park. The first bus will depart Mara Park at 9:30 am to take participants back to Grindrod Park in time for the launch.
There will be a lunch and bathroom stop at Mara Hall at noon. Paddlers must bring their own lunches and life jackets and all other required safety equipment.
For the first time this year, officers from the BC Conservation Service will join the event for enhanced safety and support.
The shuttle bus made two runs last year. In an effort to manage the bus and timing, the Lower Shuswap Stewardship Society (LSSS) is asking that you RSVP. If necessary, the bus will make two runs again this year. If you would like to utilize the shuttle bus, reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Jean Clark at 250-838-7299. Cost of the bus ride is by donation.
Individuals looking for a shorter paddle can join the group at Mara Hall at noon to paddle the lower stretch of the Shuswap River to Mara Provincial Park. The event will wrap up at Mara Park around 2 p.m. with refreshments on the beach.
Celebrate the many non-motorized ways to enjoy the river and raise awareness about the effects of boat wakes on the shoreline, aquatic ecosystem and other river users.