Kaileigh McCallum (right), junior ecologist with the Elk River Alliance, being presented a cheque worth $3,060 by Lynn Muller, co-owner of Canyon Raft Company. The money was raised in the 2022 Canyon Raft Company race. (Courtesy of Evgeni Matveev)

Kaileigh McCallum (right), junior ecologist with the Elk River Alliance, being presented a cheque worth $3,060 by Lynn Muller, co-owner of Canyon Raft Company. The money was raised in the 2022 Canyon Raft Company race. (Courtesy of Evgeni Matveev)

‘Incredibly grateful’: Canyon Raft Company raises $3,060 for Elk River Alliance

The money was raised through the annual raft race on the Elk River

Canyon Raft Company’s raft race brought in $3,060 for the Elk River Alliance (ERA) in 2022.

Evgeni Matveev, outreach and education coordinator with the ERA, said they are “incredibly grateful that Canyon Raft chooses to continue its support by donating the money from the Raft Race to us.”

The money will go towards the Elk River Discovery Camp, a summer camp “aimed at educating Elk Valley youth on fun, safe, and sustainable river recreation,” Matveev said.

“Support from local businesses like Canyon Raft means the world to us because it demonstrates that our work has community backing.”

The race took place on June 22 on the Elk River and featured 19 teams. Registration for the six-to-eight-people teams was $20 a person, with proceeds going to the ERA. Money raised through the annual race has been going to the ERA for about a decade.

“We were really stoked to see such an incredible turnout this year, and the Elk River Alliance team ‘Freshwater Formal’ had an absolutely great time competing,” Matveev said, adding that they were ‘proud recipients’ of the Best Costume prize rock, which now sits in their office.

“We’re excited to see everyone out on the water next year!”

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