Victoria Classic Boat Festival

Join us this year as we host a very special celebration of the Victoria Classic Boat Festival’s 41st anniversary along with Canada’s 151st Birthday. Planning is underway for this very special celebration of our marine heritage.

Classic Boat Festival

Victoria Classic Boat Festival

Join us this year as we host a very special celebration of the Victoria Classic Boat Festival’s 41st anniversary along with Canada’s 151st Birthday. Planning is underway for this very special celebration of our marine heritage.

Classic Boat FestivalThe Pacific Northwest on both sides of the border is blessed with an enormous number of traditional boats of all descriptions. The wonderful craft – both yachts and workboats – are cared for by their owners and a supportive community of boatyards, trades people, and admirers. We are also fortunate to have some amazing maritime non-profit organizations throughout the region, including the Maritime Museum of BC, Port Townsend Wooden Boat Foundation, SALTS, Seattle Centre for Wooden Boats, Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre, Victoria Tall Ships Society, Silva Bay Shipyard School and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding to name a few. These dedicated organizations provide opportunities for education, training, skills development and economic growth in our communities. The boat owners and those that support them are why we are still celebrating our maritime heritage after 40 years.

​Enjoy this year’s Victoria Classic Boat Festival from August 31 – September 2 in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Whether you are a returning visitor or boat owner, or perhaps it’s your first visit to Victoria during this event – we look forward to seeing you on the docks this year!

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Our mission says it all. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is committed to bringing people together as individuals, as teams, and as businesses, by sharing our passion – dragon boating.

Friday, August 10

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

1:00 pm – Eye Dotting Ceremony

Taoist priests awaken the sleeping spirits of the dragon and bless the competition

2:00pm – Canada Dry Dragon Boat Festival begins

Site open, including Forbidden Village with food trucks, retails vendors, beer garden, and family cultural activities.

7:00 pm – Live Music

8:30 pm – Live Music

A hard hitting band of young, multi-talented musicians from Victoria BC. Their sound: a tightly arranged combination of RnB, Hip Hop, soul and jazz.

9:00 pm – Lights of Courage Illumination Ceremony

Honour those who have been affected by cancer and help raise funds for research and treatment

 


Saturday, August 11

8:00 am – Races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

6:30 pm – Paddlers’ Air Band Contest

Costumes, dances, skits, and more – our paddlers go all out, on the water and on the stage

7:30 pm – Live Music

8:45pm – Live Music


Sunday, August 12

8:00 am – Semi-Final races begin

Watch exciting dragon boat races from approx. 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

10:00 am – Cultural Performances

Watch cultural performances on the main stage from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – Award ceremonies start

Taking place on the Main Stage, staggered awards after races

The Origin of the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

Popular legend has it that villagers carried their dumplings and boats to the middle of the river and desperately tried to save a well respected poet, Qu Yuan, from drowning, but were unsuccessful. In order to keep fish and evil spirits away from the poet’s body, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles.

They threw rice into the water as a food offering to Qu Yuan and to distract the fish away from his body. However, late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his friends and told them that he had died because of a river dragon. He asked his friends to wrap their rice into three-cornered silk packages to ward off the dragon.

These packages became a traditional food known as zongzi, although the lumps of rice are now wrapped in reed leaves instead of silk. The act of racing to search for his body in boats gradually became the cultural tradition of dragon boat races, which are held on the anniversary of the poet’s death every year.

Legacy

Today, people still eat zongzi and participate in dragon boat races to commemorate Qu Yuan’s sacrifice at the Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu festival) on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Swiftsure

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club brings you the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, the premier long distance sailing race in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing three overnight race courses (78.7, 101.9, and 138.2 nautical miles) and a day-long race course.

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club brings you the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, the premier long distance sailing race in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing three overnight race courses (78.7, 101.9, and 138.2 nautical miles) and a day-long race course.

Monohulls and multihulls of every size are welcome to race Swiftsure. Choose from single, double handed, and fully crewed divisions. With the start line off the beautiful waterfront of Victoria, BC, and racing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca with its rugged coastline and challenging winds and currents, this is a must for all sailors young and old. 2018 will be the 75th race and events begin May 24th

Local Whale Watching Company Launches New Vessle #yyj @TVicTweeters @Whale_Sightings

VICTORIA – Prince of Whales Whale Watching, British Columbia’s largest and most trusted whale watching company, is excited to welcome guests aboard the Salish Sea Dream — a sleek new state-of-the-art, eco-friendly $3.5 million catamaran that will provide a new experience for tourists and locals on the “Ultimate Day Tour.”

The custom-built 78-foot catamaran will depart Vancouver each morning, taking guests on a whale-watching tour en route to the B.C. Capital.

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1st Annual Port Sidney Marina Salmon Tournament

Port Sidney Marina Salmon Tournament

Port Sidney Marina Salmon TournamentCome and enjoy the fun! Take a kid fishing!

1st place – $10,000

2nd place – $2,500

3rd place – $1,000

4th – 10th place – Cash Prize

11th-20th place – Merchandise Prize

Entry Fee $400 CAD per boat which includes moorage & Thursday night BBQ, lots of draw prizes!

The Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show

The Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show is hosted by the British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association (BCYBA) and has grown to become the largest in-the-water boat show on the west coast.

The Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show takes place April 27–30, 2017!

The Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show is hosted by the British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association (BCYBA) and has grown to become the largest in-the-water boat show on the west coast. The show is an opportunity for yacht brokers to display and sell boats for sale to a wide audience who can go on board all of the boats and discuss the many features with knowledgeable and professionally certified brokers. There are usually around 200 boats of all sizes in the water as well as many marine related business displays located under a large tent on Ship Point, featuring everything from boat yard services, hardware, equipment, navigation electronics, clothing, etc. People attending the show over its four-day run can expect to spend many delightful hours touring the boats of their dreams, seeing the latest yachts both new and used, and witnessing many interesting demonstrations. Sales often occur right at the show, as the brokers are usually prepared to offer special pricing for an at-the-show sale.

The Boat Show has something for everyone in love with the idea of boating, whether you are still dreaming, new to the boating scene, an experienced sailor, on a modest budget, or want only the best. It will all be there.

Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to attend with their parents.

Tickets

Victoria Boat & Fishing Show @VicBoatShow on til 4P TODAY

Pearkes Recreational Centre

Tillicum Mall
Tillicum Road
Victoria, BC V9A 6T2

  • Adults $9
  • Seniors $7
  • Women & Children (under 18) FREE!
  • Sunday 10am – 4pm

Cash Only at the entrance.

Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive $ 2.00 off your Admission.

More info at: http://www.victoriaboatshow.com/boat-home