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BRBC Youth Committee Bow River EcoFloat

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Pearce Estate Park

1440-17A Street SE

Calgary, AB T2G 4T9

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Join us September 30th with RiverWatch Institute of Alberta for a 10KM tour of the Bow River right in Calgary, with an included guided tour of the Bonnybrook Wasterwater Treatment Plant.

On the float, RiverWatch will host an informal and up-close look at the Bow River, helping participants learn along the way about natural history, water quality, environmental health and the impacts of human actions on our river. EcoFloat participants will travel in large, inflatable fifteen-passenger rafts, professionally guided by experienced RiverWatch staff.

You will have the chance to increase your understanding of local waterways and personal actions that protect and manage water quality. Everyone will finish the day more connected to nature and the Bow River.

Program Outline

  • 9:00 a.m. Participants park at Pearce Estate Park (see map)

  • 9:15 Welcome, gear distribution and safety orientation for the rafting trip

  • 9:30 Rafting begins

  • 11:30 Stop at Bonnybrook for bag lunches and a washroom break

  • 12:00 p.m Walking Tour of Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • 12:30 Rafting resumes

  • 2:00 Rafting finishes at Graves Boat Landing under the Glenmore Trail Bridge

  • 2:30 Participants board a shuttle bus back to Pearce Estate Park

  • 3:00 Participants arrive back at their vehicles

Physical Expectations
Participants will be involved in some equipment lifting, walking and occasional paddling. Shoreline areas are characterized by uneven ground and slopes.

Things to Bring
Please dress for the weather. Consider bringing a hat, gloves and a jacket. All paddling gear, lifejackets, raincoats and rubber boots are provided (please wear socks). There will be a lunch break, so please ensure you bring a bag lunch and water.

Who Can Attend
The EcoFloat is limited to 45 participants. There is a $5 fee to ensure attendance.

Lunch
Midway along the EcoFloat, participants will stop at the Bonnybrook Landing to eat their bag lunches and have a washroom break.

Poor Weather
This event will go rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Highlights
Traveling by raft, you’ll have an up-close look at Calgary’s flood recovery, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Western Irrigation District canal, Calgary’s treated wastewater outfall, reclaimed oil refineries, aquatic life and all the wildlife along the way.

Start Location
We’ll meet at the Pearce Estate Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. Rafting begins after gearing-up and an 800 m walk to the Cushing Bridge boat ramp.

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1440-17A Street SE

Calgary, AB T2G 4T9

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