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Salish Sea Marine Trail grand opening

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Saturday, September 16th, 2017
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Join the BC Marine Trails Network in a weekend celebration of paddling and camaraderie Sept. 15-17 amid the splendor of the Salish Sea.

The Salish Sea Marine Trail connects Victoria to Vancouver as part of the Trans Canada Trail, and the grand opening celebration on Newcastle Island puts you on the doorstep of some of the great wilderness locations of this multi-faceted paddling route.

The grand opening weekend event includes two initiatives - the marine trail grand opening and a new annual race, the Crazy Eight, which loops around Newcastle and Protection islands.

The public is invited to join us in a huge group paddle from Swy-a-lana Lagoon in Nanaimo to cross Nanaimo Harbour to Newcastle Island to converge on the opening ceremonies of the Salish Sea Marine Trail. Be welcomed by the Snuneymuxw First Nation to their traditional territory in a once-in-a-lifetime demonstration of Coast Salish culture. Salute the uniting of past and present and future as we celebrate thousands of years of transiting the BC coastline by paddle and set the stage for the future "trade route" along the Salish Sea.

Paddlers of all types will converge in the waters off Swy-a-lana and paddle as a group across the harbour to start at 1:30 p.m. The group will be welcomed while still offshore by the Snuneymuxw and acknowledge the welcome with a group salute of paddles before landing to the beat of traditional Coast Salish welcome drums.

Note that the paddle will be accompanied by Search and Rescue vessels and Nanaimo Port Authority vessels as well as guides in paddlecraft to ensure safe transit through Nanaimo Harbour.

You are also welcome to take part in more of the weekend activities, including keynote speakers, social events, 15 paddling workshops, games and other activities including a historic harbour paddling tour. You can register online at


Cost: Free Event
Category: Everything Else
Sports | Recreation
    On the Water
Location: Newcastle Island
Nanaimo Harbour, Nanaimo
This event is for Everyone
More Info: John Kimantas
Event Website
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