Government Engagement

We're working to ensure that government agencies are aware of, and where possible, actively supportive of recreational use of rivers.

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BC Whitewater is working to engage with government planning processes around the province. This includes regional planning initiatives from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNROD), interfacing with Environment Canada regarding their network of gauges, and more.

We're excited to announce that at our request, Environment Canada has brought the "Mamquam River Above Ring Creek" gauge online in real-time, a significant boon for Sea to Sky paddlers. We're working with them on activating a few other gauges as well.

As another example, we produced this map documenting all current and historic river access points in the Squamish River valley to support a FLNROD recreational planning process.

Squamish River valley access points map produced for a FLNROD recreational planning initiative.

We're doing our best to keep tabs on what the Province is up to so that we can engage with their efforts and work to protect our community's interests. If you know of a regional planning initiative that you think we should be involved in, please don't hesitate to reach out. Retired and active resource roads are an integral part of kayak access in British Columbia and working with government to maintain access to that network is an important part of our mission.

Government engagement is a big piece of why we created BC Whitewater: without an organization to represent the interests of the whitewater community, they're ignored. We aim to work with stakeholders to maximize paddlers' access to the amazing whitewater of our province.