The Unlikely Paddlefest, which takes place each third weekend in September, will go this weekend in Likely. (Tribune file photo)

Paddlefest ready to ride the waves this weekend

Kayakyers and paddlers from throughout B.C. will converge in Likely for the Unlikely Paddlefest

Kayakyers and paddlers from throughout the province will converge in Likely for the Unlikely Paddlefest this weekend.

The event, which was started in 1992 by Williams Lake’s Mark Savard and his friends, is a weekend to celebrate B.C. Rivers Day, along with an opportunity to enjoy some pristine kayaking and boating on the Quesnel River.

One of the event’s organizers, Zack Nerbas, said he’s played a role in the event for about the 15 years, and warned anyone interested in attending it is a loosely-organized event, leaving paddlers to their own devices while gathering on the shores of the Quesnel River in Likely for some celebration after a day of paddling.

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“We’re expecting about 200 kayakers, plus some rafters from Whislter,” Nerbas said.

“It’s a great event. A lot of people, on the Saturday, go out and do some small runs with their kids. Saturday’s usually the big day.”

Saturday evening, Nerbas said live entertainment will be lined up for the town of Likely for those attending the Unlikely Paddlefest, which will be followed by another day of paddling Sunday.

For more experienced paddlers, Nerbas said a group will be running the Chilko River on Monday.

“Come on out, have some fun. There’s a pretty big posse coming out,” he said.

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