River symposium offers participants work, play

A symposium on the Nanaimo River watershed this weekend (Sept. 23-25) promises a little something for everyone.

A symposium on the Nanaimo River watershed this weekend (Sept. 23-25) promises a little something for everyone.

Sponsored  by the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust and Vancouver Island University, the symposium begins Friday with river rafting and estuary kayaking, a tour of the Nanaimo River Hatchery, guided walks and hikes and special rates on activities at WildPlay Element Park.

Start times and cost of each activity varies. Details can be viewed at www.nalt.bc.ca or by calling 250-714-1990.

On Friday evening, a program at VIU’s  Malaspina Theatre includes the premiere screening of Paul Manly’s video, Voices of the River, followed by storytelling with Mike Wyse, of Snuneymuxw First Nation, and a presentation by Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, focusing on global water issues.

Cost of the evening event is $10 for those not registered for the symposium.

Saturday morning kicks off at VIU with a trio of keynote speakers – Craig Wightman, Rodger Hunter and Tom Rutherford – who will present the development of strategies for Cowichan River watershed as a model that could be followed for the Nanaimo River.

They’re followed by a five-person panel presenting highlights of a report on the values of the Nanaimo River watershed and the challenges it faces.

The afternoon and Sunday morning sessions include sharing ideas and strategies for long-term stewardship of the river.

Symposium participants are invited to join NALT and the City of Nanaimo at Maffeo Sutton Park Sunday afternoon for live music, guided walks, activities for kids, a salmon barbecue, vendors and information booths, and more in celebration of World Rivers Day. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4  p.m.

 

For more information, please go to www.nalt.bc.ca or by call 250-714-1990.