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River festival returns to the Ashlu

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After the success of last summer’s Ashlu River Festival, which is now being called one of the largest whitewater events ever held in Canada, there was no question as to whether there should be a second annual event in 2005.

This year’s festival, hosted once again by the Whitewater Kayakers Association of B.C., will take place Aug. 18-21 with three days of guided trips (beginner to expert), introductory kayak lessons, playboating and creek boating clinics, rafting float trips, open kayak trips, canoe lessons, guided herb walks and more.

Registration includes camping, shuttles to the festival site, a barbecue and all meals, as well as boating demos, a gear swap, and a presentation on the impacts of development on rivers and access. There is also a whitewater competition – the Northwater Shootout Showdown.

Registration starts at $45 for event participants, but is just $20 for non-paddling families. The lessons, clinics and trips are priced between $10 and $20.

For more information, visit www.whitewater.org.

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