PVEA holding wooden boat race on BC Rivers Day

A picture from last year's Wooden Boat Race

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Anyone boating or walking along the Peace River on Saturday will be treated to the sight of a flotilla of small wooden boats being carried along with the current.

The Peace Valley Environmental Association will be celebrating BC Rivers Day this Saturday with their 5th annual Wooden Boat Race.

The boat race will begin at the Paddle for the Peace sign in Bear Flats on Highway 29 approximately 30 kilometres west of Fort St. John.

The boat race registration begins at 12:00 p.m. along the banks of the Peace River, and the boats will be released a short distance upstream from the riverbank site at 12:30. In addition there will also be a campfire for a bring your own picnic along the river.

There will be several prizes up for the first three boats to make it across the finish line, including an outdoor family portrait session with PVEA photographer, Don Hoffmann; or a plaque mount of his famous “Keeper of the Peace” picture; or boxes of assorted ‘Products from the Peace.’

Organiser Ruth Ann Darnell says that so far, over 50 boats have been sponsored this year, however the PVEA has a total of 150 boats that they can launch. To sponsor a boat, email peacevalleyenv@gmail.com, call Ruth Ann Darnall 250-785-2105, or show up at 12:00 p.m. and get one at the event on Saturday. Darnell says that due to the recent economic downturn, the cost to sponsor a boat this year is only $10.

For more information, visit the Peace Valley Environmental Association’s Facebook Event page.