Do you live in Chilliwack? Join us between May 15 and June 20 for the 2021 Paddle the Slough Challenge for a fun day (or days) of adventuring along some of the Fraser Valley’s magnificent paddling watercourses.

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Due to the pandemic, this year’s annual canoe tour is socially-distanced and self-guided to ensure participant safety and compliance with health authority guidelines.

Grab a canoe, kayak or paddleboard and begin the Paddle the Slough Challenge at one of Chilliwack’s four “blueways” locations: Nelson Slough, Camp Slough, Hope Slough or the Bear Slough/ West Camp Slough. Blueways are waterways that meet specific accessibility requirements (launching capability, stopover sites, little or no current etc) and are suitable for recreational use by non-motorized watercraft.

We provide you with maps, detailing the route. (Links to download maps below.) As you paddle, snap photos of yourself for chances to win some awesome prizes.

The Paddle the Slough Challenge is hosted by Watershed Watch Salmon Society and Friends of the Camp/Hope Slough.  Aside from some good paddling fun, this event raises awareness about the potential for revitalization and restoration of Chilliwack’s sloughs.

How to participate in the event:

Please be advised:

  • This event is limited to people residing within the local community. Due to travel restrictions, we cannot invite those outside the local health area to participate. 
  • The paddling route borders many private properties. Please be respectful, clean up after yourself and stick to the routes outlined on the maps provided. 
  • We require all participants wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid physical contact while participating in the event. 
  • Individuals who have travelled outside of Canada in the past two weeks, received instructions to isolate or quarantine, or are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue etc) associated with COVID-19 are disallowed from participating in this event.