Thursday, July 18, 2013

CRD Parks Nature Programs -- and Canoeing!

There are loads of summer activities planned in parks throughout the Capital Regional District (that's the area in and around Victoria, eh?). If you're looking for beach-related Nature Walks with a naturalist or parks interpreter, check out the schedule for summer programs posted on the CRD website at this link.

Small boat users take note: there are several canoeing activities scheduled on the list. As the event schedule says:
Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary.  You must pre–register: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). Phone 250.478.3344. 
This is an excellent way for a paddler who is a parent, or aunt/uncle, or big brother/sister to take out a young person for a ride in a canoe. If you've been wondering what kind of wildlife makes those rustling sounds as you walk around a lake or paddle on it, this is a good activity to try. It's also an affordable way for a beginner to get some time in a canoe -- but without having to buy a canoe, transport it on top of a car, and carry it to water! You don't even need a vehicle, as most of the canoeing takes place on Beaver Lake which is accessed by the #70 or #72 bus.

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