CORRECTION: PVEA Executive Director Andrea Morrison has clarified that the barbecue at Protester’s Point on Friday is not open to the public. The location of the barbecue has also been changed.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace Valley Environment Association has announced that the 12th Annual Paddle for the Peace will take place on July 8th.
The Paddle for the Peace begins at the Halfway River Bridge off Highway 29, approximately a half hour’s drive west of Fort St. John. The West Moberly First Nations will sponsor a pancake breakfast at the launch site between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Following breakfast, there will be presentations from keynote speakers and dignitaries before canoes and safety boats launch on the Peace River at noon. The paddle culminates at Bear Flat with a barbecue lunch hosted by the Prophet River First Nation, along with other keynote speakers and live music. Among the many dignitaries this year, federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be returning to the event for the second year in a row, while Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Philip and others will also be in attendance.
The PVEA says that anyone wanting to participate that does not have a boat can get their name added to the list for a spare seat in a canoe or safety boat. To get on the list, email watercraft coordinator Diane Culling at email@example.com and indicate a preference for a spot in a canoe or a safety boat.