Paddlers to navigate Fort Langley’s Bedford Channel Saturday

The Bedford Channel will be busier than usual this Saturday.

Paddling kayaks, canoes, outrigger canoes and surfskis will share the waters of the Fraser River as the Fort Langley Canoe Club hosts its 15th Annual Paddlers’ Classic Regatta.

The races will involve all age groups.  

This year’s regatta includes a qualifier race for the World Canoe Marathon Championships being held in Oklahoma.

The schedule:

9:45 a.m. – 2 km – K1, C1, Surfski and OC1 Masters and Open

10 a.m. – 2 km – K1, C1 peewee, bantam, and novice.

10:30 a.m. – 20 km – marathon C2, K1, C1, surfski, OC1, pen.

This course will start downstream, then go upstream past the airport to West Creek, and return in the channel to the portage at the start/finish line.  

Safety boats and spotters will be located along race courses. Each race will be mixed, men, and women paddlers.

10:35 a.m. – world championships qualifier. This course will be open to all paddlers (peewee, bantam, novice, masters, Open, OC – 1, K1, C1, and surfski).

Paddlers will nominate the number of loops and whether they will do the portages at registration.     


12:45 p.m. – 2 km, K2, C2, and OC2 peewee, bantam, and novice.


1:30 p.m. – 6 km, K2, marathon C1, C2, OC2 and surfski 2 – open.


2:30 p.m.  – awards

Registration is $10 per paddler if registered by Wednesday (May 7) or $20 per paddler on event day  (CKBC registration also required.)

Please register by sprint club – only marathon and OC entries may register individually

For registration or more information, mail Fort Langley Canoe Club Paddlers’ Classic, PO Box 1098, Fort Langley BC V1M 2S4. Email or phone Grant 604-888-0129.

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