A paddle trip to Kamloops with TRIPS

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On October 2, participants will paddle downstream from Pioneer Park and visit the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers, the Overlanders Bridge and the shoreline of the McDonald Park neighborhood along Royal Avenue.

The Thompson River Interior Paddle Sports Club (TRIPS) partners with the McDonald Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA) to offer guided day trips through the McDonald Park neighborhood on the Thompson River in Voyageur canoes.

The event will take place on Sunday, October 2. Proceeds from the outing will go to the MPNA and TRIPS to promote future community initiatives. The recommended donation is $10 for children under 12, $15 for youth 12-17 and $20 for adults.

There will be two outings from Pioneer Park on Sunday: one from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and another from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will paddle downstream from Pioneer Park and visit the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers, the Overlanders Bridge and the shoreline of the McDonald Park neighborhood along Royale Avenue. The trip will include educational information about the geography, ecology and history of Kamloops, including Secwépemc connections.

The club will also celebrate the donation of a new 29-foot Langley Voyageur canoe to the TRIPS Club by the New Gold New Afton mine and name the canoe when it first goes out on the water.

No previous experience is necessary, but the club recommends that all participants be at least eight years old, noting that anyone participating must know how to swim. All participants will be required to sign a waiver for themselves and any minors they are accompanying.

Each large voyageur canoe carries 10 or more people and will be led and guided by a certified TRIPS Club leader. Life jackets, paddles and any other required safety equipment will be provided, but if participants have one, they are asked to bring it.

All children under 12 must have their own life jacket at home, as the club does not offer children’s life jackets for loan. Participants should bring shoes that can get wet; otherwise, sports or outdoor clothing is recommended, suitable for the weather that day.

TRIPS is a Kamloops-based canoe club that offers recreational canoeing and marathon canoe racing programs open to participants in the Kamloops area.

“Our goal is to give people the opportunity to paddle and learn skills.” said TRIPS Chairman Keiran Rankin.

For more information and to pre-register for the event, visit the Thompson Rivers Paddlers Facebook page and search for the event.

For more information and to view a copy of the RCABC waiver, visit the Thompson Rivers Interior Paddle Sports Club website at thompsonriverpaddlers.net.

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