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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. 

 

October 2016

 

October 7 - 9 – The 15th Annual CrabFest – Port Angeles, Washington - This event celebrates the world-famous Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness.  It features 14 restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-a-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft and merchant vendors, and live music. Rain or shine, this is the “party” of the season and admission is always FREE!

October 8 - 10  – 20th Annual Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour – One of the longest-running studio tours in the region featuring over 80 studios.

October 14 - 16 – If you love mushrooms, this is the event for you!  The 8th Annual Shroom Festival in Maderia Park.  There will be vendors, cooking demonstrations and a public foray.

October 14 - 23 ArtSea Festival in Sidney is a 10 day celebration of the arts featuring a Paint & Cocktail Night at the Victoria Distillers.

October 15Saltspring Island Annual Grape Stomp – Bring your picnic blanket and listen to the Jose Sanchez Cuban band.  Participate in the group stomp competition, taste wines and enjoy complimentary snacks.

October 21 – 23Tofino Paddle & Surf Championships – A family event that includes a movie night, awards banquet and 3 full days at the beach.

October 27WVYC - Electrical 101 with Jeff Cote - Have you ever wondered if you are getting the maximum out of your batteries?  Do you really have to run your generator every day while at anchor? Do you check your electrical wires for corrosion and chafing on a regular basis?   It's not the most glamorous side of boating but it is a necessity and ignoring it only makes it more dangerous.  Join us for an hour of no-nonsense, plain English Electrical 101 with Jeff Cote.  This presentation is designed for beginners, tech-savvy, and DIY experts alike.

October 1 - 31 – Victoria - Jacques Cousteau’s son, Jean-Michel, has a break through new 3D IMAX called Cousteau’s Secret Ocean.  Using a brand new underwater filming technology to capture never before seen species in their natural environment.

 

September 2016

September 2 – 4Sunshine Music Festival – Powell River – The 34th Annual Festival is a celebration of music from across Canada and the world.  Performances take place at the Palm Beach Park, lots of local food vendors and a craft market.

September 2 – 4 - Victoria Classic Boat Festival – Victoria – Set in the Inner Harbour, this 39th annual gathering of classic boats is a beautiful collection of traditional boats, both yachts and workboats.

September 8 – 11Mosquito Creek Boatshow – North Vancouver – Western Canada’s largest floating boat show includes new and previously loved boats for sale.  There are no vendor booths on the shore this year as they are focusing on the floating portion of the show.

September 11Vancouver Street Food Festival – Anchor downtown and walk to Pacific Boulevard where over 30 food trucks will be serving everything from Aussie Pie to Vij’s.  Live music, family entertainment, artisan market and a beer garden.  This is a free event.

September 16 – 18Pender Harbour Jazz Festival – Now in its 20th year, includes free events plus ticketed events held at an assortment of venues.  Persephone Brewing Company will be on site and the Slo-Cat boat will be running between Garden Bay and Madeira Park.

August 2016

 

August 6Galiano Wine & Beer Tasting Festival – just a short 20 minute walk from the ferry and the Village to the Community Lions Park.  This 24th annual, open air event features unlimited tastings, fresh made finger foods, entertainment, a crested Riedel crystal wine glass and a beer glass, all for $45.  There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 draw, crafts from local artists along with books and gifts.  All proceeds go to support the Galiano Health Care Society.

August 5–7 – Sechelt Coasters Car Club 21st 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.  Followed by the show ‘n shine on Saturday and dinner.  Sunday is a cruise to Pender Harbour or drag racing at the local Sechelt Airport.

August 6Nanaimo Symphony by the Sea – A free outdoor summer concert performed by the Vancouver Island Symphony conducted by Calvin Dyck.

August 6-7Saltspring Music & Garlic Festival - $40 per day or $75 for a two-day pass, held at Paradise Farm on Musgrave Road.

August 13Gabriola Island Salmon BBQ – This 60th Annual Fundraiser for the Hall includes musicians young and old with a great salmon dinner and beer garden. Gabriola is in the process of ridding the island of plastic bottles and have asked you to bring your own water bottle to refill inside the hall.

August 13-14Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair – Now in its 29th year, the fair is set amongst the trees of Hackett Park in Sechelt, and features local musicians such as Joe Stanton (one of our faves).

August 20Chemainus Jazz Festival – Held at Waterwheel Park, this year features a diverse and eclectic mix of New Orleans, Soul, Swingin’ Jazz, Improv with a touch of Rock and Latin grooves.

August 25–28Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival – This annual family friendly festival also includes a family boatbuilding event.  Granville Island.

 

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