The family event is designed to showcase the Peace River on the day provincially designated to recognize to appreciate the beauty and history of B.C.’s waterways. The Peace Valley Environment Association points out that the river was recently named B.C.’s “Most Endangered River” by the Outdoor Recreation Council due to the threat of the Site C dam.
To take part in the boat race, wooden boats can be purchase for $20 from the PVEA through its website, at the Fort St. John Farmers’ Market on September 21, or by calling Tony Atkins at 250-785-2088. They will be released from the river’s edge at Bear Flat along Highway 29 by the Paddle for the Peace sign at 11:30 a.m. upriver of the hay field, where spectators will watch. There will be prizes for first, second, and third place, including an outdoor family portrait session and boxes of assorted foods from the Peace Region, followed by a “bring-your-own” picnic lunch.
In Hudson’s Hope, residents are invited to spend the day on the river by paddling, rowing, kayaking, or floating from the Old Ferry Landing. There will be corn and hot dogs roasted over a fire, as well as beverages, entertainment, games, and displays for the public’s enjoyment.