RIP CURL ANNOUNCES THE RIP CURL PRO TOFINO AS CANADIAN SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

The Ultimate Surfing Company receives sanctioning by the Canadian Surfing Association to become the Canadian Surfing Championship and announces Rip Curl Pro Tofino 2013 event dates.

The Canadian Surfing Association (CSA) has officially sanctioned the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian Surfing Championship. The event will take place June 1st and 2nd at Cox Bay in Tofino, BC. The event is Canada’s largest surfing competition and the only one in Canada open to all divisions.

President of the Canadian Surfing Association Dom Domic said “The Canadian Surfing Association is very excited to sanction the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian National Championship for the first time.” He added “Now in its 7th year, the Rip Curl Pro Tofino has been at the forefront of a rapidly increasing level of competitive surfing in Canada.”

The annual surf competition provides an arena for competitive surfing in Canada. The divisions for the event are: Pro Men, Pro Women, Masters, Men’s Longboard, Women’s Longboard, Junior Men, Junior Women, and Children. The CSA recognition means that the Rip Curl Pro Tofino will deliver a national champion in each of these divisions.

On your way to Tofino, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B for a few days relaxation on the lake

 

In January 2012, the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced a new regional playoff format for its four western provinces. The British Columbia Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Manitoba Junior Hockey League will participate in a five-team tournament and award the first-ever Western Canada Cup beginning in 2013.

 The 2013 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup will be held from April 26 – May 5, 2013 at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo, BC. The inaugural event will be hosted by the Nanaimo Clippers and the BCHL.

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While attending the Western Canada Cup, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B only minutes from Frank Crane Arena

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012 -  Sunday, July 22nd, 2012   

Nanaimo harbor was the scene of a bathtub race extravaganza at the first race in 1967 Canadas’ 100 birthday and its’ Centennial year.. As the City of Nanaimo’s “Centennial Event” that year, close to 200 tubbers (in every type of craft imaginable) entered the fun competition and amazingly, 47 completed the 36 mile course to Vancouver’s Fisherman’s Cove across the straits of Georgia.
Now the “Great RACE” finishes at Departure Bay in Nanaimo covering a very grueling course that leaves Nanaimo harbor circles Entrance Island and then up to and around Winchelsea Island and then back to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. In the early days it was indeed a challenge to just get past the starting line in the choppy confusion caused by an extra 785 small and large observation and escort boat in Nanaimo harbor.
From the confusion of a first time bathtub race 46 years ago, the Nanaimo to Nanaimo “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & 4 day Nanaimo Marine Festival has evolved. Where once a select band of tubbers were the highlight they now share the spotlight with many other land and water events which are interesting and often spectacular to watch.
Join us in Nanaimo, and take in the World’s Cleanest Sport, Bathtub Racing and the 46th running of the “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & Nanaimo Marine Festival and another bonus most of the events and activities are FREE.  information courtesy of harbourliving.ca

When in Nanaimo, stay at Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast – Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award winners for 2012.

                                   

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Friday, July 6th, 2012 -  Sunday, July 8th, 2012   

The 2012 Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival promises to be the best and biggest ever – more teams, more festivities and more to celebrate in the 2012 version of Nanaimo’s most popular summer event.
Teams from all over BC and the US will take part in the 10th annual Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival — a weekend of competition, camaraderie and celebration on Nanaimo’s waterfront. The event is made that much more meaningful to the community because its purpose is to create awareness and raise money for the fight against cancer locally.
Recognized as Nanaimo’s most spectacular summer festival, the Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 30,000 people and more than 80 dragon boat teams from across North America. The 10th annual Festival takes place July 6-8, 2012.
Beginning on Friday afternoon with the colourful Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony and Chinese Lion Dance, the Festival will continue with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the Main Stage, fabulous food and shopping, and of course, Dragon Boat racing of the highest calibre.
Admission is free to the general public so what’s stopping you? Come on down to the waters of Nanaimo Harbour and celebrate with us!
This is truly Nanaimo’s finest festival….paddlers united in the fight to beat cancer.
The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society is unique as it donates 100% of the net proceeds to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation to assist in improving the diagnostic-treatment process of breast cancer patients. Since 2003, nearly $500,000 has been raised to purchase diagnostic equipment at NRGH.
For details, visit: http://www.nanaimodragonboat.com/

When enjoying Nanaimo activities, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Information courtesy of Harbourliving.ca

Innkeepers take a holiday

 

Did you ever wonder where B&B Innkeepers go to get away from it all?    They go to other B&Bs!  Even though we have to tie them to their chair so they don’t clear the table after breakfast, we love when our fellow innkeepers come for a visit. Gary and Judy came to Nanaimo for a couple of days for a getaway.   Gary is always on the water with his boat taking kayakers to the Broken Island group but when I ask him if he wanted a Sea Doo ride around the lake, he said yes and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.  There is always something wonderful to experience in every different B&B. We enjoyed sitting on their deck watching the waves crash , the otters enjoying the surf, and fresh crab and wine to top off the scene.  Ask Judy about the Wild Pacific Trail – one not to miss for sure.

Check out  Bostrom’s Bed and Breakfast on Little Beach Bay in Ucluelet

I refer to Nanaimo BC as Vancouver Island’s “front door” because it opens up to a variety of diving activities to suit any­one’s needs. There are 8 to 12 excellent boat dives and several good shore dives to pick from.

Winking seal

Popular wrecks include the retired naval ships Saskatchewan (111m/366f) and Cape Breton (122m/400f) scuttled as artificial reefs in 1997 and 2001 by the local dive community and the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC). The latest edition is a 47m/157ft North Sea Rescue Tug Rivtow Lion scut­tled in 2005. Technical and extended range divers like to practice their skills in and on the two larger wrecks while photographers and naturalists enjoy them all. Maximum depth on the Saskatchewan is 36m/120ft, the Cape Breton – 43m/142ft and the Rivtow Lion – 24m/80ft.

If wall diving is your pleasure, huge deep walls can be found at Snake Island and Orlebar, on Gabriola Island. The Snake Island wall has enormous white plumose anemones cascading down sandstone formations, dotted with bright pink snakelock anemones, red blood stars and orange finger sponge. I have also seen wolf eels out in the open at 12m/40ft and clusters of cloud sponge at depth. In between dives, snorkeling with resident harbour seals is always an option. Orlebar is steeper, hosting an array of odd shaped chimney sponge (boot sponge), tiger and quillback rockfish and an assortment of crustaceans. This is also a shore-accessible site utilized by technical divers.

As for drift diving, there are two narrow pas­sageways where the currents reach 8 knots at full flow. This in turn provides a nutrient-rich environ­ment for a multitude of invertebrate life to flour­ish. Both are divable during slack times (when the water stops to change direction). Dodd Narrows is located southeast of town between Nanaimo and Mudge Island.

Brilliant giant green anemones and aggregat­ing green anemones with pink tips line the shore of Mudge in the shallows, along with yellow zoanthids, orange cup corals, and metridium anemones on the boulders below. Patches of orange colonial tunicates, burrowing sea cucumbers and several species of rockfish can also be found at depth.

Gabriola Passage is equally as picturesque, hosting a population array similar to Dodd. In addition I have found red sea urchins, gray encrusting lobed ascidians, cabezon fish, grunt sculpins hiding in empty giant barnacle shells and the ever brave little painted greenlings. Small healthy aquarium-like kelp forests are located at both ends of both channels.

Long Lake Waterfront B&B offers qulaity private accomadations and is an excellent day trip center to all activities on Vancouver Island.

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Text by Barb Roy

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Saturday, October 9th, 2010 – Friday, October 15th, 2010

Professional surfing contest.

One of the most highly anticipated surf events to hit the world surfing stage, the O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) is gathering momentum. With four 6Star and one 4Star ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events exploring spectacular surf spots in the remote corners of the world, the CWC series will start in the wilds of Tasmania in March before heading to South Africa, Scotland, Canada and Santa Cruz. Pushing boundaries, delving into the unexplored with a sense of adventure and innovation that defines O’Neill – this is the Cold Water Classic Series launching in 2009.

For details, visit: http://www.coldwaterclassiccanada.com/