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Silly Boat Regatta

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Sunday, July 16th, 2023
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Nanaimo Child Development Centre welcome you to Silly Boat 2023!

Our amazing sponsors and all our Silly Boat teams look forward to making this our best year yet! Silly Boat is the Nanaimo Child Development Centre's (NCDC) signature fundraising event. Providing services to over 1900 children/youth and their families this past year, funds raised at this event help provide various programs, services, and the purchase of much needed therapeutic equipment.

Celebrating 37 years of Silly Boat this year, the event is considered one of the premier events held in the City of Nanaimo.

Approximately 40 teams (made up of individuals, families, service groups and corporate individuals) have 4 hours to build a boat out of recycled or recyclable materials and then race them in the inner harbour. This fun, family-oriented event has it all! Want to join in on the fun? Check out our website ( to sign up your team or come on down and volunteer!

An event for all ages. Join the FREE fun at the Pavilion Stage area (dancers, performers, crafts and educational booths), stroll thru the park and watch the teams build their boats, purchase raffle tickets to support the cause and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Maffeo Sutton Park.

Make this a “MUST DO” this summer!


New this year - join us at the Port Theatre for Kickoff to Silly Boat with Jason Hewlett! see for details

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