Organizers of the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race and Vancouver Island Exhibition are taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding the fate of their events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

COVID-19 hasn’t yet caused cancellation of Nanaimo’s Bathtub race or VIEX

Marine festival, agricultural fair organizers taking wait-and-see approach

While threat of COVID-19 has led to cancellation of summer events in Nanaimo, organizers are waiting before deciding the fate of this year’s Bathtub race and VIEX.

Bathtub Weekend 2020 is scheduled to begin July 24, with the 52nd world championship race July 26. Greg Peacock, Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society commodore, said the situation is fluid, but the board’s initial plans are to make a decision in mid-May about circuit races scheduled for Father’s Day and Canada Day, before making a decision on the big race sometime in early June.

“If we end up postponing the big race in July, we have the opportunity to hold the event in the last weekend of August and we’ve actually booked Maffeo Sutton Park for that already,” Peacock told the News Bulletin.

RELATED: COVID-19 concerns see Nanaimo dragon boat festival cancelled

READ ALSO: Departure Bay ferries temporarily halted due to COVID-19

Karen Streeter, VIEX president, said she and her board are also taking a wait-and-see approach for the fair, currently scheduled for Aug. 21-23. No deadline for a final decision has been set, she said.

“We’re at the end of August; I think it’s a little too early,” Streeter told the News Bulletin. “Let’s hope and pray and keep our fingers crossed that it’ll be done soon and we’ll just carry on. I think people will need something to cheer them up, and somewhere to go after all of this, and I’m hoping the fair can be that destination.”

Tribal Journeys, the traditional canoe journey with indigenous peoples from B.C. and Washington state, was scheduled to be hosted on Snuneymuxw First Nation territory for the first time ever, with festivities set for July 27-Aug. 1.

However, in a press release issued Monday, Mike Wyse, Snuneymuxw chief, said the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Snuneymuxw is open to hosting the event in the future, the press release said.

Nanaimo Child Development Centre’s Silly Boat Regatta fundraiser, set for July 19, was cancelled with Dominic Rockall, executive director, also citing the pandemic as the reason. The next regatta is expected to take place July 18, 2021.

Heiko Behn, Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society chairperson, announced in a social media post that the festival, scheduled for July 10-12 at Maffeo Sutton Park, was cancelled for similar reasons. The next Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival is slated for July 9-11, 2021.

Like us on Facebook and follow Karl on Twitter and Instagram


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City of Nanaimo to hold invasive plant ‘drop zone’ event

Public invited to bring invasive plants to Bowen Park’s upper picnic shelter Saturday, May 30

International students ‘biggest unknown’ in Nanaimo school district’s budget planning

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ board will look at preliminary 2020-21 budget this week

Car cruise in Nanaimo lifts seniors’ spirits during pandemic

Cars 4 COVID includes Nanaimo Seniors Village in its route

Health authority extends administrator’s mandate at Nanaimo seniors home

Island Health says ‘significant progress’ being made at Nanaimo Seniors Village

Petition underway to get RDN to improve Sandpiper water quality

Campaign urges regional district to make issue a priority

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Commercial rent relief applications open as feds encourage landlords to apply

Program would see government cover 50 per cent of the rent

B.C. residents can now reserve a provincial campsite for a stay starting June 1

Campsite reservations will only be available to British Columbians

Cullen commission into money laundering in British Columbia resumes today

Inquiry was called amid growing concern that illegal cash was helping fuel real estate, luxury car and gambling

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Patient airlifted after crash in Nanaimo’s East Wellington area

Woman sustains serious injuries, requires extrication from vehicle

Family pledges to match up to $50,000 in donations to Chemainus Theatre fund

Donald Hilton and Joyce Hilton helping theatre through a time of COVID-19 cancellations

Nanaimo school district planning to demolish building on Selby Street

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools estimates tearing down building will cost $900,000

Bike shops busier than ever, but owners worry about stock supply issues

Uptick in cyclists brings new challenges for shops

Most Read