Outings

Join Sierra Club and Pembina Institute

for a special TarSands Canoe Floatilla

Aug 4th to 6th 2010

Canoe the Athabasca River from

Fort McMurray to Fort Mackay

Join the Sierra Club as we meet up with the Connecting the Drops Athabasca River expedition & paddle through the oil sands from Fort McMurray to Fort MacKay with representatives from the Athabasca Tribal Council, expedition team, local residents & interested Albertans (launch from Fort McMurray early on August 4).

The majestic Athabasca River has long been a source of inspiration for Albertans. Its flows with seeming perpetuity across Alberta's history and landscape — but the river and watershed are at risk. Unprecedented industrial development, like the Alberta Tar Sands, and environmental threats such as climate change are threatening the future of the Athabasca River Basin.

Connecting the Drops is an outreach and awareness campaign that culminates in a two-month expedition along the entire length of the Athabasca River. The expedition celebrates this extraordinary western waterway, a symbol of Canadian identity and wilderness.

This is an easy Grade 1 trip on Class 0 water. We are trying to get as many people on the river for August 4 to demonstrate support for protecting the river , draw attention to the the Alberta Tar Sands, and have fun while we are at it. We are renting from Points North Adventures ( http://www.pointsnorthadventures.com ) for Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th. It's just $70 for the 2 person canoe, paddles & pfd for the weekend and they arrange for shuttling around. Feel free to bring your own canoe and/or equipment but keep in mind that you may want to rent asap if you feel you would like to take part in this incredible opportunity to see your own backyard!

Because we have much to consider day to day for the expedition, we ask that you be self sufficient in terms of food and equipment, accommodations, and organizing your own shuttles and transportation. However, please feel free to contact us and we can send you to the appropriate resources.

If you have any questions about how to join, when, what the sections look like, what to bring, skill required, etc. please contact Alli Conroy asap at ironalli@gmail.com . For more information about the Connecting the Drops Project, see www.connectingthedrops.ca.

 
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