VIDEO: Witches float along Alouette River in Pitt Meadows

A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
Michelle Haer, a legal recruiter by day, a makeup artist by night, drove down from Vancouver to attend the event, complete with full witch make-up and attire. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)Michelle Haer, a legal recruiter by day, a makeup artist by night, drove down from Vancouver to attend the event, complete with full witch make-up and attire. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
Nancy Read and Kennedy participated in the unique paddling event. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)Nancy Read and Kennedy participated in the unique paddling event. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
Dressed-up in witchy clothes, carrying pumpkins and skeleton heads on their paddleboards and cackling, the 15 participants paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)Dressed-up in witchy clothes, carrying pumpkins and skeleton heads on their paddleboards and cackling, the 15 participants paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
Organizer Brenda Norrie put together the event after seeing similar events elsewhere in Canada. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)Organizer Brenda Norrie put together the event after seeing similar events elsewhere in Canada. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
While most women were on their paddleboards, a few came in their kayaks. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)While most women were on their paddleboards, a few came in their kayaks. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
A swarm of witches paddled across the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)
Robyn Bishop and Megan Mercier bonding over the witchy paddle. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)Robyn Bishop and Megan Mercier bonding over the witchy paddle. (Priyanka Ketkar/The News)

A coven of floating witches, not on their brooms, but on paddleboards instead, were seen floating down the Alouette River, Tuesday.

Around 15 women, including a young girl, dressed up as witches, showed up for a Halloween-special meet-up organized by Brenda Norrie, founder of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows based, Women Who Paddle group.

Norrie and a few others saw a similar idea “floating” around on social media and thought it would be fun to do an event locally. The women decided to meet up on Oct. 20, on the one sunny day through an otherwise wet, rainy week.

The witches met at the old Pitt Meadows Paddling club site at 14411 Harris Road, on the west side of the Silver Bridge.

“It’s a full moon too,” exclaimed one of the women, pointing to how everything with the good weather, the theme and the full moon had come together.

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Similar witchy paddling events have been held across the Lower Mainland and in Portland, where the idea first originated, according to some of the women attending the event.

From “this is such a great way to come together” to “what a fun idea, we should do more of these”, the participating women had a blast floating down in their full witchy attire.

“I started this group earlier this year because I had many friends that loved paddling but didn’t have anyone to adventure with. I wanted to provide an opportunity for women to meet, build relationships, explore new places and have some fun together,” said Norrie who also works with the Maple Ridge Community Foundation, and is the owner of a social enterprise.

While another Halloween paddling event is not in the cards, Norrie did say that something around Christmas, maybe in sit-in kayaks with blankets and hot cocoa, would be something she would love to put together.

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