MEDIA RELEASE: People’s paddle returns to Salish Sea in summer 2016

ttt-2016March 1, 2016

SALISH SEA — A human-powered flotilla will return to the Southern Gulf Islands in the summer of 2016, spreading a message of hope and change for solutions beyond the carbon-based economy. “Turning the Tide: the People’s Paddle for the Salish Sea” will bring together up to one hundred kayakers, canoers, open-water swimmers and sailors in a 5-day, 4-night journey in July 2016.

The flotilla, which is celebrating its 3rd annual event, is open to the general public and intended to provide a family-friendly journey to raise awareness of social and ecological issues and build community among islanders in the Salish Sea.

“Turning the Tide is a unique opportunity to explore the Salish Sea while raising awareness of the risks of industrial development and alternatives we can pursue,” says Emily Rogers, a Victoria-area resident and member of the Turning the Tide organizing committee. “This paddle is a fun way to share knowledge and energy with people who love the Salish Sea.”

Turning the Tide 2016 will include stops on Pender, Mayne and Salt Spring Islands, with musical performances, educational workshops and outdoor recreational activities for paddlers and islanders.

“The Salish Sea bioregion is a tremendous resource: it is where we live, work and play,” says Sasha Kvakic, an outdoors enthusiast and Turning the Tide organizer. “I want my grandkids to have the chance to fish and hunt in a healthy coastal ecosystem. That’s why we need to build a broad based movement for the Salish Sea.”

Registration for Turning the Tide 2016 has opened at http://www.TurningtheTide.ca. The early-bird fee of $70 ($80 after April 1st) includes camping and dinner on all-islands. Members of the public should be sufficiently comfortable and skilled in the watercraft of their choice to undertake this 70-kilometre journey through the coastal waters of the Salish Sea.

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For further information, please contact:

Emily Rogers, Turning the Tide, 250-514-6211
Sasha Kvakic, Turning the Tide, 250-818-5565

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