Events


  • July 2, 2017
    Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!
    VOYAGEUR RENDEVOUS CANOE RACE
    COMING TO WILLEY WEST CAMPGROUND / DRAYTON VALLEY / BRAZEAU COUNTY – JULY 2, 2017

    The Canada 150 Voyageur Rendezvous Canoe Race follows the North Saskatchewan River from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta to The Pas, Manitoba, retracing 1600 kilometers on a historic trade route. The canoe race recognizes the very essence and spirit of our great country – the wilderness, our combined history; a meeting and uniting of people of diverse backgrounds. For both participants and onlookers, this event will make Canada’s 150 memorable.

    The 2017 event is a celebration and remembrance of our combined First Nations and Fur Traders history on Canada’s river highways, bringing together modern paddlers from all over Canada to re-enact the historic trips, as well as the 1967 canoers who paddled their way into history on Canada’s 100th birthday. The racers will be making stops in 20 communities and parks along the way.

    On Sunday July 2, 2017 a flotilla of 20 teams, along with their support groups will be coming through Drayton Valley / Brazeau County as one of the first stops on their trip. Drayton Valley Paddling Club, in collaboration with Town of Drayton Valley, County of Brazeau, and Eagle Point – Blue Rapids Parks Council, is hosting a celebration in recognition of, and in addition to Canada 150 events.

    The racers will arrive at Willey West Campground about 2:00 pm and everyone is invited to be there to cheer them on, and welcome them to our community. After a brief rest, the paddlers will be back on the water in their 25 foot North Canoes to demonstrate their skill with sprint races, competing for cash prizes. Awards, music, and a community supper at 5:30 pm at the Drayton Valley Mackenzie Conference Center will follow. Supper tickets will be available at Willey West Campground Office, and the Town Office, until June 19 ($12 each).

    The Canoe Race will resume the next morning, Monday, July 3, from Willey West Campground, as the race officials fire the starting pistol at 9:00 am

    Volunteers are needed! For more information and to volunteer call Elaine at 780-514-4509 or email btandes@telus.net

  • July 15, 2017
    Parks Day 2017

    Join us as we celebrate with the Eagle Point - Blue Rapids Parks Council at their 10th annual Parks Day on Saturday, July 15th!

    The event and festivities will take place at Willey West Campground, beginning at 9:00AM. Explore the Eagle Point- Blue Rapids parks system while paddling down the river with the Drayton Valley Paddling Club, learning archery with the Brazeau Bowbenders Archery Club, going on an ATV ride with the Brazeau ATV Club, taking a jet boat ride with the West Central Riverboat Association, hike the nearby trails and/or stay around the campground for the day to join in with the other activities planned for the day.
    The day will end with a free community BBQ near the Willey West cook shack from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

    To register for the day's activities, or for more information, phone Eagle Point Blue Rapids Parks Council at 780-898-7275.

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