Winds briefly ground Spirit of the Canoe journey

Less than two weeks into a three-month expedition to Alaska, foul weather has caused some dramatic challenges and even a few days delay for the Spirit of the Coast Canoe Journey team.

The 1,300-kilometre education and awareness expedition, which includes Kwantlen First Nation artist Brandon Gabriel among the core group of paddlers, has been a difficult one thus far. The latest update from Sliammon late Wednesday showed the crew jovial but anxious to rest.

“…We are all feeling tired, but excited, and inspired by the challenges that lay before us,” Gabriel shared.

“The team has very high spirits and is tired but will be fine soon,” added skipper Chris Cooper, who explained they’d rest for a few days before heading out Friday for Lund and Cortez Island.

So far the team – now about 100 kilometres into the journey – has faced swift waters on the Fraser River including waves from passing tugs that threatened to sink them. They also faced high and even gale-force winds on the Pacific Ocean that forced them ashore and caused a number of delays.

The team has already stopped off at a few First Nation territories along the way, and Gabriel said he was moved by the warm reception received.

As we move forth on this journey we have been met with open arms, support, awe, and well wishes in every community we have visited,” he said.

‘“The sheer number of people who come shake our hands or give us hugs, or shelter, or just want to share or become a small part of our journey have been tremendous… The word is out that we are making our way to Alaska.”

Click HERE for Spirit of the Canoe video.

More video HERE.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Saturday was devoted to the arts in Langley City

The 25th annual Arts Alive festival took over a main thoroughfare.

Arena opens at Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre

Grand procession brings Aldergrove ice arena users to new facility

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Air quality advisory continues in the Lower Mainland

Smoke from Interior fires brings fine particulate

VIDEO: Tire recycling at Kal Tire

All tires will be recycled back into products to be used in British Columbia

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Most Read