Maple Bay Marina will host the 22nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival over the May holiday weekend. Wooden boats have a long standing history on the west coast and Vancouver Island. The people that dedicate their time and hard work to keep them in shape, or restore them, tie us to our maritime heritage. The event pays homage to this tradition, and celebrates the owners who share a passion for wooden boats. Popularized by enthusiasts who honour this industry, the event is not limited to glimpses of the past but also features modern wooden vessels. Display vessels will include converted work boats, sailboats, rowboats, kayaks, classic Monks and Chris Crafts.
The public is encouraged to join the festivities and vote for their favourite boat; admission is FREE on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st. Visitors will enjoy added attractions which include a pool with model boat display and demonstrations, live music, and local arts & crafts for sale. This is a perfect opportunity to meet local artists and witness their art taking shape and take time to browse the wide variety?of products made available by other vendors.
“I really enjoy learning each boat’s history and meeting the owners-such fascinating stories”, says Carol Messier, the event coordinator. “I’m also excited to see the remote control modellers back and all the artists who will be in attendance at this year’s festival”
Maple Bay Marina is one of the largest destination marine centers in British Columbia. Located at the most southern end of Maple Bay it is just 10 minutes east of Duncan. The marina features open and covered moorage, recreational boating services, float home vacation rentals, kayak rentals, yacht sales, and is home to The Shipyard Restaurant & Pub, Mariners Market and Espresso Bar and the annual Maple Bay Marina Wooden Boat Festival
Join in the fun May 20, 21 6145 Genoa Bay Road Maple Bay Duncan maplebaymarina.com