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Tourist Board prepares to open a new house on the banks of the river | Fleet

CENTRAL FALLS – The Blackstone Valley Tourist Board is moving into its newly renovated premises at Central Falls Landing, a nearly 7,000-square-foot mill located at 1420 Broad St. in Central Falls this spring and summer and is planning an open house. on June 5th as they are about to start the summer.

The BVTC offers location information for many outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, fishing and more. Interested residents of the area can sign up for kayak rentals, river exploration tours, and maybe even a night out on BVTC’s Samuel Slater British Canal Boat.

The kayak rental program launched last summer will return this year. Kayaks can be rented for 45 to 90 minutes at a time, priced between $20 and $50 depending on time and canoe, single or tandem kayak rentals. In total, BVTC has a fleet of nine tandem and nine single kayaks available for rent. Canoe and kayak rentals will be available daily from 6 June to 10 October. Opening hours: 10:00 to 15:00 Monday to Friday, 16:30 to 18:30 on Saturday and 10:00 to 15:00 on Sunday.

Starting with Central Falls Landing, BVTC marketing director James Toomey says paddlers “can explore parts of the river not otherwise seen” from a River Explorer cruise. With a normally passive tide, the Blackstone River is a great place for people of all skill levels to take up rowing.

Kayak rental administrator Amanda Mograss, who worked with the program last summer, said paddlers can travel upriver and catch a glimpse of the amazing variety of wildlife. Right upstream from the jetty, rowers can explore Valley Falls Pond or continue north along the Blackstone River.

The BVTC also offers information on local kayaking and boat launching sites throughout the valley, including Central Falls Wharf, Albion Canoe Wharf in Lincoln, and other locations that can be found on tourblackstone.com. Groups are encouraged to email mike@tourblackstone.com in advance if they are interested in a tour or would like to book a group of 10 or more.

Proceeds from this rental fund a free youth canoe and kayak rental program that was launched last June and has a team of certified kayaking instructors. In the 2021 season, more than 160 local students participated in this program.

After students graduate from school, BVTC opens a kayaking program offering free rentals and paddling lessons to low- and middle-income children in Central Falls.

During the summer, the program aims to introduce youth to water sports, helping them become more aware and aware of the Blackstone River in their backyard, which can often only be seen from a nearby bridge. The program is managed by the Central Falls Parks and Recreation Department and the BVTC, with…

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