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August 2017

August 11 - 13 – Sechelt Coasters Car Club 22nd Annual Sleepy Hollow Car Show, also known as the Festival of the Rolling Arts.  The Friday night, 30 km cruise goes from Sechelt to Halfmoon Bay and includes over 450 classic cars.  Show n’ Shine, Elvis impersonator and free corn!!

August 12 – Nanaimo Symphony by the Sea – A free outdoor summer concert performed by the Vancouver Island Symphony conducted by Calvin Dyck.  Special appearance by a Cirque Performer.  Bring a blanket, lawn chair and a picnic basket.

August 19 - 20 – Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair – The fair is set amongst the trees of Hackett Park in Sechelt, and features local musicians such as The Gibson Girls acapella trio.

August 19 - 20 – Chemainus Jazz Festival – Held at Waterwheel Park, this year features modern jazz on Saturday and traditional jazz on Sunday.  Be sure to get your “Mardi Gras Bling” included with your admission, $20 per day or $30 for both days.

August 24–27 – Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival – This annual family friendly festival is celebrating its 30 year anniversary.  Held at Granville Island, admission is free and includes a boat building challenge, children’s festival and knot tying

 

July 2017

July 1 – Join in to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with too many events to list! 

July 1 - Sept 2 - Butchart Gardens Fireworks (Saturday Evenings) feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to music.  Take it from my Mom, she goes ever year!

July 1 - Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition- registration starts at 9:45 am, building the sandcastles is from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, and winners will be announced at 1:45 pm.  Lions will be selling t-shirts and running a concession at the beach. Jim Taylor will bring lively music to the beach area. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring your pails and shovels, have fun and make great memories!       

July 7 – 9 - Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival is now in its 15th year at Maffeo Sutton Park.  Dragon boat racing is one of the most amazing sports you will ever get to witness so take the time to come down and cheer on the 70+ racing teams. Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, food trucks, candle and carnation ceremonies, Longwood Brewery beer gardens, and more.  

July 14 - 16 - The Vancouver Island MusicFest held at the Comox Valley Fairgrounds and features artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn and the Barenaked Ladies.  This year they even have their own music festival app.

July 16 - The 28th Annual Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta will be celebrating its 50th anniversary while Canada celebrates its 150th.  The team themes will revolve around a birthday, Canadian history celebration feel.

July 16 - Texada Island Fly-In held at the Gillies Bay Airfield aka the friendliest rural fly-in with a real asphalt runway.

July 21 – 23 - Nanaimo Marine Festival & Bathtub Race which runs all week but the world championship bathtub race runs on July 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  Lots of vendors, a street fair, kids zone and two nights of concerts.

July 22 - Bowen Island Classic Car Show features unique vehicles, art installations and music

July 23 - Powell River Sea Fair Festival is now in its 53rd year and features a parade and vintage cars.              

July 29   Vancouver Honda Celebration of Lights Fireworks – Japan – Great fireworks and great food trucks.  If you would rather beat the crowd, you can buy tickets ahead of time for the Keg Lounge located on the bathhouse roof with snacks, cocktails and a VIP bathroom!

July 29 – 30 - Texada Island Blues and Roots Festival celebrates the music and artists within 100km of Gillies Bay.  There will be a farmers market, food and craft vendors, a kids’ zone for the young ones to play, and a place to quench the adults’ thirst.  Texada is home to Heicholt Lake, named one of the ten best lakes to swim in Canada.

July 29 – 30 - Sea Cavalcade in Gibsons has one of the best logos ever!  Now in its 49th year, this fun filled weekend has something for everyone.  The Tin Man Challenge, Keats to Armours swim, pancake breakfast, beer garden, classic cars, salmon BBQ and a parade.

 

June 2017

 

June 2-4 – The 14th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival is held at various locations such as the Pender Harbour Community Hall, Pender Harbour School of Music, John Henry’s Marina, Royal Canadian Legion, with dinner shows at Upper Deck Cafe (Secret Cove), Harbour Spirit Centre and The Restaurant at Painted Boat (both in Madeira Park).

June 3 – Boat for Hope Victoria - This annual event, which takes place in Victoria’s inner harbour, brings together the local boating and business community to create an unforgettable experience for kids who may otherwise never be able to enjoy such an adventure.

June 3 – Easter Seals Charity Regatta is a timed three hour points rally around various marks in English Bay and is a fundraiser for the Easter Seals House Vancouver which provides accommodation for families while their children receive medical care.

June 9-18 – BC Seafood Festival – Featuring a star studded selection of chefs and venues around the Comox Valley.  Now in its 11th year, order online as tickets sell out fast.

June 10 – Burrard Yacht Club Classic Boat & Car Show features a great collection of classic cars and wooden boats.  Free Sailing for the kids and a dinner/dance on the breakwater.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Disabled Sailing Association.

June 10 – Boat for Hope Vancouver takes place around English Bay, False Creek and Hastings Mill Park and brings together the local boating and business community to create an unforgettable experience for kids who may otherwise never be able to enjoy such an adventure.

June 10-24 – Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race is now in its tenth running and has grown into one of the most respected and exciting yacht races on the entire west coast, with international media coverage, heart-stopping drama and superb racing action.  The course record for a complete circumnavigation of Vancouver Island is 93 hours, 20 minutes and 20 seconds.  New this year is a sponsorship by Longwood Brewery to raise funds for the local Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit.

June 18 – Father’s Day – Don’t forget dear old dad!

June 16-18 – Gibson’s Landing Jazz Festival now in its 22nd year and featuring too many performers to list and a street festival on June 17th followed by a dance at the Gibsons Royal Canadian Legion.

June 22-July2 – The Vancouver International Jazz Festival hosts artists from around the world at a number of different venues around the city.  Why not anchor downtown and take in some cool jazz?

June 23-25 - Annual Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is 3 days of exciting racing and onshore events.  A big draw is the Survivor Showdown, Abreast In A Boat vs. Butts In A Boat – is a challenge between prostate and breast cancer survivors to help build awareness.

June 30-July2 – Sidney Days is fun for the whole family featuring a pancake breakfast, fun fair, picnic, sidewalk sale and fireworks for Canada Day

 

May 2017

May is Flare Disposal Month – If your flares have a manufacture date of 2013 or earlier they will expire this year.  You can’t throw them away in the regular garbage or set them off so the Canadian Power Squadron and CIL dealers have set up a list of disposal locations and dates.

May 3 – 8 – Ships To Shore King of the Sea – The Kaiwo Maru, a Japanese four-masted training barque tall ship is coming to Garry Point in Richmond.

May 5 – 22 – Feast of Tofino – There are just too many fantastic food venues to mention from patio parties to tailgate parties.  All the meals are locally foraged and boat-to-table fresh.

May 13 – 11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival – False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – Buy fresh prawns on the dock or join in the prawn boil.  Drink tent with samples from R&B Brewery and Evolve Cellars.

May 14 – Mother’s Day

May 26 – 28 – 10th Annual Lund Shellfish Festival – Enjoy fresh cooked seafood, listen to local musicians, shop local crafts and enjoy special menu items at the local restaurants.

May 27 – Ladysmith Heritage Boat Festival – Features over 20 heritage vessels from all over the West Coast.  Free harbour tours on the Maritimer or take a ride on the new Coast Guard hovercrafts.

May 27 – Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival – A unique opportunity for local residents and everyday adventurers to showcase their passion for sport and the great outdoors by sharing their stories. 

April 2017

 

April 8 – Women on Water 2017– Sponsored by BlueWater Crusing, this is a full day of courses covering everything from knots to navigation.  They will also be offering a session in the new Camosun College navigation simulation lab on slow speed maneuvering for anchoring and docking.

April 12 – Water Documentaries Film Night At the VIU Campus, Nanaimo.  Enjoy a selection of short films relating to all things water. Appreciate the beauty of aquatic ecosystems and learn about the ongoing efforts to protect our most precious resource, around the globe. There will be something for all interests!

April 14–17 – Easter Long Weekend, a kick-off to the season for many West Coast boaters!

April 22 - The Maritime Museum of BC (Victoria) is once again hosting its great annual Massive Marine Garage Sale. You will find a wide range of marine and recreational items with sellers packing the warehouse at Ogden Point and along the pier outside. 

April 22 – Earth Day, founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada is a national charity that inspires and supports people across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities

April 28 - Wine For Waves at the Four Season's Hotel, will bring together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants.  All proceeds will benefit the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Program.

 

March 2017

 

March 11 – Basic Marine Electrical with Jeff Cote sponsored by the Vancouver Chapter of Bluewater Cruising.  This is a course for sailors who want to have a good understanding of their boat's electrical system.  We will talk electrical theory, look at all the key electrical components, circuits and even troubleshoot electrical problems using a multi meter.   The goal is to work towards self-sufficiency and to develop students' ability to find and resolve basic electrical problems.  The course runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Vancouver Maritime Museum.  For more information vaneducation@bluewatercruising.org

March 1–26Pacific Rim Whale Festival in Tofino, BC.  Celebrate the 31st annual festival! Be a part of the inspiration, education, and entertainment by celebrating the coastal traditions, unique environment, and the spring return of the grey whale. 

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – Visit the Celtic Village at Robson Square – Music and a Beer Garden

 

February 2017

January 27 – February 4thThe Seattle Boat Show - The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, is the West Coast's Largest Boat Show featuring more than 1,000 recreational watercraft, from stand-up paddleboards to superyachts and everything in between! Plus, check out more than three acres of accessories, over 225 free boating and fishing seminars and the latest gear indoors at CenturyLink Field, plus afloat on South Lake Union.

February 3, 4, 5Salmon Girl - explores the world of water and salmon.  Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world.

The Month of February - Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast - The Vancouver Maritime Museum invites you to explore the Royal Canadian Navy, from its inception in 1910 to today. This is a journey through the individual stories, strategic operations and accomplishments of our local RCN during the wars of the 20th century.

February 11Hugs & Fishes Dinner and Sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium – A one of a kind experience for your valentine.  A 3 course dinner, a fun presentation on the antics of sea life, followed by a tour, a cooking competition, and a cozy night in the underwater Wild Coast Exhibit.  Followed by coffee and a hot breakfast.

February 14 – Valentine’s Day – How about a snowshoe fondue at grouse mountain, or a night at the museum in Victoria, or maybe the 2nd annual Valentine’s Brewery Tour complete with themed libations.

February 22 - Royal Victoria Yacht Club - Three guest speakers, Christie Burdon from Navis Insurance, Jeff Cote from PYS and Jim Normey from Nordik Marine Surveyors.  Event starts at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, contact christie@navismarine.ca for details.

February 25The High Bar Gang at the Raven’s Cry Theatre – Sechelt, BC – with special guests Stanton Paradis.  We love Joe Stanton!

 

January 2017

 

January 18th – 22nd – The Vancouver International Boat Show – Western Canada’s largest boat show.  Visit us at booth 322 on the concourse for a chance to win one of five electrical audits or an iPad Mini.  Jeff will be speaking a number of times this year, check out the full schedule here.

 

Jeff Cote's Seminar Series at The Vancouver Boat Show:

  • Sunday, January 22, 12:00 p.m. - Room 1
    Solar Panels: Real World Experience

     

    Again this year is the DIY Garage, PYS will be hosting a “hands on” class on marine electrical connections. Join us to learn about proper crimping techniques, heat-shrinking tips & tricks and battery connectors.  There will also be a class dedicated to solar panel installations.

 

December 2016

Dec 3 – The Shipyards Christmas Festival – Shipbuilders’ Square, on the North Shore, is transformed into a winter wonderland with music, hot chocolate, crafts, Santa and the city tree light-up.  Also, Burrard Yacht Club’s Festival of Lights flotilla will cruise by around 6:00 p.m.

 Dec 4-9 – Carol Ships Parade of Lights – Taking place on the waters in and around downtown Vancouver, the Carol Ships Parade of Lights began over 50 years ago and has grown from 1 boat to over 50 boats with in excess of 100,000 lights.  See the detailed schedule here.

 Dec 8 – Christmas on Saltspring  -  You can cruise by the “Open Late” Shop & Social to pick up some gifts and then head over to the Legion for the 6th Annual Glowtini Contest.  To reward yourself for all that good work.

 Dec 21 – The 23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the darkest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music and dancing.  Granville Island, Yaletown and Strathcona.

 Dec 31 – Cooper Boating New Year’s Flotilla – Ring in the New Year on this two day flotilla to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.  Then watch the English Bay Polar Bear Swim from the water.

 

November 2016

 

November 18 – 19 – Clayoquot Oyster Festival – This year is the 20th anniversary of showcasing Tofino’s favourite bivalve.  It is held in conjunction with the area’s harvest when the oysters are at their plumpest. There is a costume party, oyster farm tours and a gala chefs competition.

November 17 – 19 – Pacific Marine Expo - Held annually at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, this is the largest commercial marine tradeshow on the westcoast, serving mariners from Alaska to California.  There are presentations on industry education, safety, regulatory matters and technological advances.  All mixed in with a Fisher of the Year contest, Fisher Poets and daily happy hours.

November 22 - 23 – Boating BC Conference – Once a year, the recreational boating industry in BC gets together to connect, learn and share ideas. 

 

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