Earth Day Paddle to Swishwash Island

Event Details

April 22nd, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, Richmond, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

Bring your kayaks and canoes, and come celebrate Earth Day with a splash! NCC’s West Coast Stewardship Team invites you to join them for a paddle out to Swishwash Island, for a day of exploring, learning and land stewardship.

Please note: We ask that you bring your own canoes, kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets; however, there may be extras to share! Please let us know if you have an extra boat or seat to share, and we’ll try to match interested but boatless participants. If you want to participate but don’t have a boat, send us an email before you register to check if there is a spare boat/seat available.

If registration is full, please send us an email to be put on the waiting list, and we will be sure to keep you posted if a spot opens up.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, Richmond

Swishwash Island is a private nature sanctuary owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. It is a small beacon of biodiversity located in the middle arm of the Fraser River Estuary which is one of the most productive estuaries in the world.

Swishwash Island was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by BC Packers Ltd. in 1999. Located next to the Vancouver International Airport, the island serves as a small yet important sanctuary for fish, birds and wildlife in an otherwise highly developed area.

What you will be doing

We will set out on the water at 10 a.m. for a fifteen minute paddle to Swishwash. We'll spend the day touring the island by foot and by boat, while tackling stewardship tasks such as cataloguing plant species, pulling invasive weeds and cleaning up the shoreline. Some snacks will be provided, but please bring water and a lunch for our mid-day group picnic!

Why you will love it

Contribute to the ongoing stewardship and restoration of this ecologically important area and help care for habitat that is critical to numerous migrating birds, Pacific salmon and other wildlife. This is a great opportunity to get outside, explore one of NCC's conservation areas, learn about the area from local experts, and contribute to conservation work.


Contact Melanie Kuzyk:

Please Note

Moderate fitness level required, as we'll be padding to and from the island.

Driving Directions: We will be launching from Inglis Dr, just before the Sea Island Coast Guard Station (view on map). Off of No. 2 Rd/Ross Baker Way, turn west onto Inglis Dr, towards the South Terminal of the YVR Airport. Drive down Inglis Dr. and park on the left side of the road, just before the Sea Island Coast Guard Station gate.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
We need you to bring some tools
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Layers for weather and paddling
  • Rain gear (if necessary)
  • Waterproof boots (gumboots or wet booties) for entry and exit in the water
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Canoe or kayak!
  • Paddles!
  • Life-jacket!
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Camera (optional)
  • Drybag for valuables (optional)