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  • 04 May 2024
  • 9:30 AM
  • 05 May 2024
  • 5:00 PM

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Location: Cowichan River

Camping: Stoltz Pool Boat Ramp area

Registration opens  April 1st, 2024.

Open to anyone with Moving Water Basic Tandem certification or equivalent. 

VCKC will be holding its Annual “Running of the Cow” this year on Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th. This is a two-day moving water event where we paddle the Cowichan River, from the Lake all the way down to the ocean – river water levels permitting. This is open to all VCKC members who have completed the Moving Water Basic Tandem course. Club members may also join us just for camping, as it's a great place to hike and bike in the area.

Camping will be available at the Stoltz Pool Boat Ramp at Cowichan River Provincial Park on Friday May 3rd, and Saturday May 7th. Additional trailer space is available in the adjacent overflow, or in the campground.

On Saturday we will start at the weir at Cowichan Lake at about 10AM and paddle to the takeout just above Skutz Falls. A shuttle will be set up for those who do not paddle the canyon. There we will enjoy a dinner and a great evening around the campfire. Campers will pack up by 11 AM and paddlers will complete the paddle on Sunday May 5th.

Saturday night dinner is open to all VCKC members and guests from other clubs.

VCKC also invites all moving water paddlers in the area to the Cowichan River that weekend to celebrate the last great weekend of river paddling before the summer low water levels set in (well hopefully there will be a few more).

If you are interested in attending, contact:

James McBeath: canoe@vckc.ca or

Joe Boyd: joeboyd@telus.ca 

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