Boating

George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Rub-a-dub-dub: Nanaimo family keeping up 55-year tradition of tub racing

Johnson family’s old racing tub being refurbished to enter Sunday’s Nanaimo bathtub race

 

Lake Country RCMP Detachment (Brittany Webster)

Man drowns while helping another person on Okanagan’s Wood Lake

B.C. Coroner Service attended the scene

 

Yachts are coming into Nanaimo Harbour by the boatload as the craft are transferred from ports in the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico to B.C. the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Many of the craft, unloaded Thursday, July 7, from the cargo ship AAL Genoa, are destined for Vancouver. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Cargo ship delivers boatload of boats to Nanaimo

More than 20 yachts brought from the Caribbean and Mexico

 

Dorothy bound for Salt Spring Island in 1910. (Photo submitted)

125-year-old sailboat being ferried from Gabriola Island to its new home berth

Ladysmith Maritime Society will care for Dorothy until Maritime Museum of B.C. finds permanent home

Dorothy bound for Salt Spring Island in 1910. (Photo submitted)
Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

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Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
A vessel burns off the coast of Qualicum Beach on May 23. (Petra Hergt photo)

2 people rescued after boat catches fire, sinks off Qualicum Beach

Craft had approximately 1,000 litres of diesel fuel on board

A vessel burns off the coast of Qualicum Beach on May 23. (Petra Hergt photo)
Last year, RCMSAR volunteers from 31 marine rescue stations across coastal and inland B.C. responded to 515 calls for help on the water, assisting and saving 455 people’s lives.

RCMSAR reminds you to ‘call for help immediately’ when facing a marine emergency

If you experience an emergency on the water, call for help immediately.…

  • May 23, 2022
Last year, RCMSAR volunteers from 31 marine rescue stations across coastal and inland B.C. responded to 515 calls for help on the water, assisting and saving 455 people’s lives.
VicPD have arrested a man after an attemped arson incident on an occupied boat in Esquimalt Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fire fails to ignite, man arrested after gas poured on occupied Esquimalt boat

Police say 2 people onboard when gas poured onto boat Wednesday, parties knew each other

VicPD have arrested a man after an attemped arson incident on an occupied boat in Esquimalt Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Canadian coalition is calling for restrictions on boating noise as Transport Canada asks for public feedback on the issue. (Pixabay photo)

B.C. groups want to restrict noisy boats as Transport Canada looks at options

Decibel Coalition members advocating for limits for boat manufacturers and users

A Canadian coalition is calling for restrictions on boating noise as Transport Canada asks for public feedback on the issue. (Pixabay photo)
Harmen Bootsma in front of his office at the Chemainus dock. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Harbour views the ideal spot for 20+ years on the job

Retiree reflects on all his experiences with so many fantastic people

Harmen Bootsma in front of his office at the Chemainus dock. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Rescuers and survivors stand on the rocky shore off Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point as an overturned 21-foot centre console sports fishing boat bobs upside down. (Louis Rouleau photo)

Three men survive capsized boat off Ucluelet’s stormy Wild Pacific Trail

Trio plucked off rocky shore by Ucluelet Fire Rescue in ‘horrible conditions’

Rescuers and survivors stand on the rocky shore off Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point as an overturned 21-foot centre console sports fishing boat bobs upside down. (Louis Rouleau photo)
The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)

VIDEO: Shuswap man defies odds when his tiny life raft found in Caribbean Sea

Blind Bay resident floats for six days, consuming only nacho chips, crackers and tiny fish

The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)
Registration is open for the FGPC Comox Dragon Boat Festival. Photo supplied

Comox to host a dragon boat festival in June

FGPC Comox Dragon Boat Festival one of five Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Series stops

Registration is open for the FGPC Comox Dragon Boat Festival. Photo supplied
Families fish for crabs from the Ladysmith docks at a Sea Life Celebration, hosted by the Ladysmith Maritime Society. (File photo by Duck Paterson)

Ladysmith historical and maritime societies to host Family Fun Day

Family Day events will take place at the Ladysmith Community Marina from 11–3

Families fish for crabs from the Ladysmith docks at a Sea Life Celebration, hosted by the Ladysmith Maritime Society. (File photo by Duck Paterson)
Richard Kinar, a member of the Ladysmith Yacht Club, estimates there are near 1,000 boats moored in Ladysmith. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Ladysmith missing out on economic opportunities with lack of boater amenities, says Yacht Club members

Members say a fuel dock could attract visiting boaters and stimulate local economy

Richard Kinar, a member of the Ladysmith Yacht Club, estimates there are near 1,000 boats moored in Ladysmith. (Photo by Tyler Hay)
MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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The 14-metre vessel fully engulfed in flames. (MARPAC photo)

Vessel catches fire and sinks off northern Vancouver Island, two passengers saved

A 14-metre vessel went up in the flames and sank off northern…

The 14-metre vessel fully engulfed in flames. (MARPAC photo)
An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)

Off-duty Revelstoke Mountie and son, 11, rescue capsized canoers

The two men tipped their canoe in Griffin Lake over the weekend

An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)
John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)

In the heart of Mara Lake: Family and dive team reflect on recovery of drowned Alberta man

John Planaden called Sicamous a second home, was part of community for more than 30 years

John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)