Nanaimo Events – 2014 Marina Festival and World Bathtub Races

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Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 2014 Marina Festival and World Bathtub Races – Downtown and Departure Bay, Nanaimo, BC

Come to Nanaimo and experience the clean sport of bathtub racing during this annual world event. This year will not only be the 48th annual bathtub race, but also it salutes the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s 125th anniversary.

On Saturday July 26 at 10:30am, you can see the Sailpast on Wheels Fun Parade, where the world’s largest bathtub is showcased along with the competing race tubs and their sponsors, as well as a wide variety of the community, commercial and military entries. The parade starts at Selby Street and then proceeds down Fitzwilliam Street and along Front Street to Cliff Street.

Stay until dusk on Saturday for the fireworks in the Nanaimo Harbour. Each year the selection of music changes with the fireworks display.

Sunday at 11:00am is the official start of the World Championship Bathtub Race, which begins at Nanaimo Harbour in downtown Nanaimo. The racers go around Entrance Island, northwest to Winchelsea Islands, around a naval ship, past Schooner Cove and then end their course at Departure Bay beach, where they ring the bell to announce their arrival, approximately at noon.

From Friday to Sunday at Maffeo Sutton Park, there will be many food vendors, an Arts & Crafts Fair, the Children’s Craft Tent, Static Displays and the Kiddies Karnival.

Best of all, most of the activities and events are free!

Hosted by the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society. 

Nanaimo Event Details: 

Event: Marina Festival and World Championship Bathtub Races

Date: Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27 at various venues Downtown and Departure Bay, Nanaimo, BC
Location: Front Street and Departure Bay, Nanaimo, BC

Price to attend: Free

Contact: Call: 250-753-RACE (7223) or email:
Also check out the official website for more details:

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