Thursday, June 7, 2018

Seafest Sunday! When Prince Rupert takes to the water

The final day of Seafest brings residents to the waterfront area of the Rotary Waterfront park where a number of events have been planned to bring the 40th edition of the annual festival to a close.

With the road to the waterfront closed to traffic, participants have a couple of options to take in the harbour festivities approaching from the top of the hill at Second Street and First Avenue West or making the enjoyable walk along the waterfront walkway from the Atlin Terminal region.

The majority of the events for Seafest Sunday take place at two locations the Cow Bay Wharf/Atlin Terminal area and the Rotary Waterfront park.

The focus is on the waterfront area for Seafest Sunday
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Seafest Sunday actually starts off early with the Children's Bullhead Derby at the Cow Bay Wharf, celebrating its 26th anniversary, the Derby is for those from age three to sixteen from 9 AM to Noon. Participants can access their free Children's fishing licence on line (see here) prior to the event (no licences will be available onsite) and participants must bring their own PFD's, fishing equipment and be supervised by an adult.

The Cow Bay area also will play host to another day of tours of the Port of Prince Rupert Interpretive Centre, with tours of the facility scheduled for 11 AM and 3 PM

You can also take advantage of two hours of Outrigger tour opportunities, with the Prince Rupert Outrigger Association offering rides by donation on their Six person outrigger canoe which is located at the Cow Bay float dock.

The Rotary Waterfront Park events will start at 11 AM with a Worship Celebration hosted by the Churches of Prince Rupert.

Noon hour brings the Sail Past and Fly Past with boats, planes and helicopters transiting the length of the harbour area.

A Demonstrations of Water Craft skills is set for 12:20

A Blessing of the Fleet will take place at 12:45

At 1 PM, the Sea Cadets of the Northwest will put their cardboard fleet to the test in the Cardboard Boat Regatta, the vessels constructed by the Cadets at City Hall on Saturday will be launched into the harbour where each team will take to a race course, or not ... depending on their boat building skills.

The popular Swim for Survival Race is set for the 2 to 4 hour mark, with participants donning immersion suits to take to the course, you can pre register at Home Hardware or at the race site at 1 PM.

There are a number of land based activities and displays to be found as well.

The area surrounding the Kwinitsa Station Museum area will feature the following:

Games Tent operating from Noon to 3 PM

The area will also be the scene of a range of Seafest event such as the Tug of War, Bouncy Castle, Sea Scape mural painting, sensory bins and a variety of food and concession options.

The Seafest obstacle course has events taking place from Noon to 4 PM

The Brilliant Experience and Change Makers' Education Society will be hosting a flow station with a number of varied activities to participate in.

Hokey Pokey Designs will be hosting a face painting station at the park from Noon to 4 PM

The North Coast Cetacean Research initiative is hosting Ocean Wise where you can learn more about the range of marine life in area waters.

You can learn more about the Complete Streets initiative in Prince Rupert, as the local organization dedicated to re-imagining our local streets offers interactive games for those who stop by their location from noon to 4PM.

Crime Stoppers as well have an information display planned for Sunday, where you can learn more about their efforts in the community.

The BC SPCA will also have a display at the park, sharing information about their program in the region.

The Championship games and medal presentations for the Jim Ciccone Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will take place at the parking lot of the old VIA station.

(Note: Organizers have cancelled this years 3 on 3 basketball event after low registration numbers)

And music will fill the air from the Kwinitsa Station bandstand with a number of local musicians lined up for the days events.

A Sunset Service a Mariner's Memorial Park on 1st Avenue will bring the festival to a conclusion from 6 to 7 PM

You can also take a dip in the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre at the end of the day with the Special Events Society and Prince Rupert Royal Purple Lodge Number 8 hosting the Free Swim for families from 6 to 8 PM

The complete Three Day schedule can be found here, while our look at the weekend of Sports activities for Seafest can be reviewed here.

For a look at the full range of events for Seafest see the Special Events Website or Facebook page.

More on Seafest weekend can be found on our archive page.

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