Epic canoe trip to be feature of agm

A slide presentation by Wayne Wilson on his voyageur canoe trip down the Columbia River will be featured at the FOSS agm.

This year’s annual general meeting for the Friends of the South Slopes will feature a slide show of Wayne Wilson’s epic voyageur canoe trip down the Columbia River system from B.C.

Wilson, who is also executive-director of the Kelowna Museums, embarked last June on a six-week trek following in the footsteps of explorer and map-maker David Thompson to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his trip of discovery down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean.

He was part of the David Thompson Columbia River Canoe Brigade, which travelled 1,800 kilometres, from Invermere to Fort Astoria, Oregon last summer. He and his 125 or so colleagues paddled for six weeks, arriving at their destination the same date, 200 years later, that Thompson did.

The route served for the next 50 years as an important fur trade link between Montreal and the Pacific.

Wilson will present a slide show of his trip, and the FOSS agm will follow the presentation.

Memberships for 2012 will be available at the meeting as will detailed maps of the Myra-Bellevue trails.

At 7 p.m. there will be refreshments and a social prior to the start of the presentation and meeting.

The meeting will be Thurs., Jan. 12 in the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park and there will be a free draw for door prizes. All in attendance will be eligible.

jsteeves@kelownacapnews.com

 

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