Check out the action from high above the Nanaimo Paddlefest 2016! Footage captured of the "Shack Attack" race at Departure Bay beach on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Nanaimo, BC. Special thanks to Dave Matthewman and Doug Wortley of Arrowsmith Aerial Photography! Check them out at: www.facebook.com/arrowsmithaerialphotography
Due to poor weather conditions, the Nanaimo Paddlefest is cancelled for today, Saturday, May 28.
Today’s schedule will occur tomorrow instead, Sunday, May 29. Please refer to the schedule posted on our website at:
Thanks for your understanding! We look forward to better weather tomorrow!
No refunds will be issued unless of course the entire weekend is cancelled due to poor weather.
Shaw TV's Rae Anne La Plante takes a look at this year's PaddleFest happening May 28th and 29th at Departure Bay Beach, and learns more on the proposed Nanaimo Boathouse and Paddling Centre project!
The 2nd Annual Nanaimo PaddleFest 2016 will take place on May 28 & 29 on the beach in Departure Bay. Hosted by Nanaimo Boathouse Society, this family friendly weekend will once again feature various fun paddling activities and races. Last year's event attracted several hundred paddlers from Nanaimo and the Pacific Northwest, and we expect an even bigger turnout this year.
The Nanaimo PaddleFest 2016 will include a number of short races for paddlers of all abilities and for several types of boats as well as the longer Nanaimo Shack Attack race for more experienced paddlers. There will be displays, presentations by pros, demonstrations and instruction for all skill levels in canoes, kayaks, dragon boats, outrigger canoes, stand-up paddle boards and water sports. Instruction clinics and races at a small fee, most other activities free.
Come and paddle in the Flotilla with Bob Purdy, founder of 'Paddle for the Planet', have the opportunity to talk to Bob and hear of his travels and environmental passions.
Join the fun, enjoy a bite to eat, listen to free music, introduce your children to paddling, try a new sport, meet other water lovers, learn about the Nanaimo Boathouse & Paddling Centre initiative, or just watch all the wet fun by the Bay.
For more information or to register, please visit ‘Nanaimo PaddleFest’ on the Nanaimo Boathouse Society website - www.nanaimoboathouse.org/nanaimopaddlefest2016
“The event surpassed our expectations and was a fantastic way to celebrate paddling in our community” says Camela Tang, land event organizer. “We are already looking forward to 2016.”
Land events included clinics and presentations as well as booths from local vendors such as Alberni Outpost and Valhalla Pure with food catered by Two Chef’s Affair of Nanaimo. RCM Search and Rescue (RCMSAR27) provided support during water-based activities and races including the ‘Shack-Attack’ where paddlers raced 10 km from Departure Bay to Shack Island (return) in a variety of vessels, with the winning time of less than an hour.
The group also participated in a “Ready, Set, Wear It!” aka Life Jacket World Record Day to promote safe boating. In 2014, more than 6,973 participants took part in 175 events around the world. This was Nanaimo's first entry. The 2015 record will be verified later this month.
Paddle FUN Fest was created by the Nanaimo Boathouse Society collaborating with the paddling groups NCKC, Nanaimo Paddlers, BC Marine Trails and VIU.
Dates for Paddle FUN Fest 2016 will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Check out the action from high above the Nanaimo Paddlefest! Footage captured of the BC Marine Trails flotilla and the official welcoming ceremony at Departure Bay beach on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Nanaimo, BC. Special thanks to Dave Matthewman and Doug Wortley of Arrowsmith Aerial Photography! Check them out at: www.facebook.com/arrowsmithaerialphotography
Thanks Shaw go! island for doing such a wonderful job on a sneak peek video of the Nanaimo Paddlefest 2015!
Please Join Us for the Nanaimo Paddlefest: May 16 &17, Departure Bay
There will be paddling clinics, demos, races and a BC Marine Trails celebration.
On May 16-17, the Nanaimo Boathouse Society is hosting the inaugural "Nanaimo Paddlefest" at the Kin Park, Departure Bay Beach. Participation and organizing of the event includes VIU, NCKC, Nanaimo Paddlers, BC Marine Trail Network, Snuneymuxw First Nation and Alberni Outpost.
The paddling festival consists of clinics from beginners to intermediates in all paddling disciplines - kayaking, dragon boat, outrigger and stand up paddle boards; for many this would be a prime time to take a beginner's clinic in stand up paddle boards.
There will also be Kayaks, SUPS and Kayak fishing demos by Alberni Outpost plus SUPs & Kayaks by Valhalla Pure Outfitters, along with sales of paddling equipment and gear.
There will also be races on the Saturday - the Nanaimo Ocean Challenge which is a 1 km SUP, 2 km Kayak/Surfski and 2 km Canoe/Outrigger Race. Paddlers can choose to do this as an Iron Race with 1 person completing all 3 disciplines or enter as a Team.
On the Sunday there will be a distance race from Departure Bay Beach around Shack Island and return.
Also beginning 3pm on the Saturday, will be the arrival of the Flotilla marking Departure Bay as a landing site along the BC Marine Trail, a Blessing by the Snuneymuxw First Nation, then the official photograph will be taken of paddlers and spectators, all wearing their PFDs (Personal Flotation Device), for Nanaimo's submission to the Life Jacket World Record Day - "Ready, Set, Wear It". This will be followed by the Official Welcome Ceremony.
Food and beverages throughout the weekend will be provided by Two Chef's Affair Catering.
This will be a perfect way to showcase all the different Paddling Disciplines in Nanaimo. The Paddlefest is an excellent way for everyone in Nanaimo to see and appreciate the popularity of the different paddling activities and have an opportunity to participate in any or all of them.
Everyone would have a better opportunity to participate in these activities if there was a central location to access the appropriate information and training, more conveniently and safely. The Nanaimo Boathouse Society is a non-profit organisation that is working hard to make this central location a Reality. If we are the 'Harbour City', let us at least have a Facility on the Waterfront for all the paddling disciplines for the People of Nanaimo and for our Visitors.
As you can well imagine, lots of volunteers will be needed but what I really hope for is that as many of you as possible, will be participants.
Please check out the website where you can see all the clinics and demos provided: www.nanaimoboathouse.org/paddlefunfest
Sincerely Yours in Paddling,
Nanaimo Boathouse Society
Join us for the Nanaimo Boathouse Society's inaugural Nanaimo Paddle Fun Fest 2015 from May 16-17, 2015 in Departure Bay!
Designed for all types & levels of paddlers, the Nanaimo Paddle Fun Fest 2015 will feature clinics, races, demos, presentations and a variety of paddling-related exhibitors/vendors.
The Nanaimo Paddle Fun Fest 2015 is an important event for Nanaimo and surrounding areas. It demonstrates how large and active the paddling community is locally.
The Nanaimo Paddle Fun Fest 2015 also raises the profile of a number of groups, such as, the BC Marine Trails, which is working with various stakeholders to establish a network of campsites and access points for the public. Departure Bay, in fact, has a BC Marine Trails access sign on the end of the road next to the Kin Hut.
The Nanaimo Paddle Fun Fest 2015 also has a number of great activities over the course of two days: some activities have a fee and some activities are free.
View the schedule and register now!
The Nanaimo Boathouse Society is excited to go online and share the good news about the proposed Nanaimo Boathouse and Paddling Centre at Brechin Point!
Our website launches just in time for our signature event, the inaugural Nanaimo Paddle Fun Fest that will be held May 16-17, 2015 in Departure Bay.
To learn more about our Society see About.
For more information about the proposed Nanaimo Boathouse and Paddling Centre see Project.
We'll be adding more information about the Society and our cause in the coming months. There will be a variety of ways that the community can get involved in helping make this project a reality!
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The proposed Nanaimo Boathouse and Paddling Centre at Brechin Point will be the hub of the paddling community in Nanaimo.