Boating

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

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Randy Jensen (centre) and son Lionel Jensen (right) will be competing for the second time in the Race to Alaska, a 1,200-kilometre engineless boat race. They will bring their “secret weapon” son/brother-in-law James Laton (left) for the first 36-hour portion of the race called the ‘proving grounds.’ (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Second wind: Chilliwack father-son sailing team ready for 1,200-km boat race after quitting in 2019

Randy and Lionel Jensen have more experience, better setup on pedal-powered paddle wheel sailboat for Race to Alaska

 

Last year, RCMSAR volunteers from 31 marine rescue stations across coastal and inland B.C. responded to 515 calls for help on the water, assisting and saving 455 people’s lives.

RCMSAR reminds you to ‘call for help immediately’ when facing a marine emergency

If you experience an emergency on the water, call for help immediately.…

  • May 23, 2022

 

A Canadian coalition is calling for restrictions on boating noise as Transport Canada asks for public feedback on the issue. (Pixabay photo)

B.C. groups want to restrict noisy boats as Transport Canada looks at options

Decibel Coalition members advocating for limits for boat manufacturers and users

A Canadian coalition is calling for restrictions on boating noise as Transport Canada asks for public feedback on the issue. (Pixabay photo)
The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)

VIDEO: Shuswap man defies odds when his tiny life raft found in Caribbean Sea

Blind Bay resident floats for six days, consuming only nacho chips, crackers and tiny fish

The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)
MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
From hunting and ice fishing to snowshoeing and hiking, this new must-read guide from Black Press Media and WestCoastTraveller.com will inspire plenty of winter pursuits.

Enjoy the great outdoors this winter with Outdoors West!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

From hunting and ice fishing to snowshoeing and hiking, this new must-read guide from Black Press Media and WestCoastTraveller.com will inspire plenty of winter pursuits.
An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)

Off-duty Revelstoke Mountie and son, 11, rescue capsized canoers

The two men tipped their canoe in Griffin Lake over the weekend

An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)
Flood risk assessment for the Vedder River is one of 38 flood planning projects that has been awarded provincial funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund program. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

LETTER: Swimmers on the Vedder River should yield to boats

‘There should be more signage instructing others to yield to boats’

  • Sep 3, 2021
Flood risk assessment for the Vedder River is one of 38 flood planning projects that has been awarded provincial funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund program. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Bonnie Whyte stands near the spot where a motorboat zipped by her, just 10 fet away from her, while she was swimming in the Vedder River on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. “I’m actually very lucky I got out of the way,” she said on Aug. 20. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

LETTER: Another jet boat close call on Vedder River

‘We need more attention before there is a bad story to report’

  • Sep 3, 2021
Bonnie Whyte stands near the spot where a motorboat zipped by her, just 10 fet away from her, while she was swimming in the Vedder River on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. “I’m actually very lucky I got out of the way,” she said on Aug. 20. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)

In the heart of Mara Lake: Family and dive team reflect on recovery of drowned Alberta man

John Planaden called Sicamous a second home, was part of community for more than 30 years

John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)
Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.

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Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.
A file shot of the Vedder Canal near the Keith Wilson Bridge on Jan. 17, 2015. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)

City of Chilliwack looking to slow down motorized watercraft on Vedder Canal

In an online survey, the City is suggesting applying for a federally approved speed restriction

A file shot of the Vedder Canal near the Keith Wilson Bridge on Jan. 17, 2015. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)
RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT

Mounties tackle swamps, beaver dams to rescue stranded boaters in northern Manitoba

Officers tried to reach the boaters using a snowmobile trail, but they had to turn back due to swampy terrain

RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE – Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A lawyer for Linda O’Leary, the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, says his client was not impaired when she got involved in a boat crash on an Ontario lake that left two people dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision

Linda O’Leary had ‘alert range’ of blood alcohol after boat crash, officer testifies

Charge relates to a collision that took place on Lake Joseph, north of Toronto, on the night of Aug. 24, 2019

FILE – Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A lawyer for Linda O’Leary, the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, says his client was not impaired when she got involved in a boat crash on an Ontario lake that left two people dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision
The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)

3 generations of one B.C. family set to sail the world

Family sells off their land-based existence and settles into tiny home on water for world travel

The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)
Members of the Cultus Lake Fire Department train on the water in spring 2021 with the department’s new fire rescue boat purchased with donations raised in the community. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Cultus Lake Fire Department finally has a boat to help save drowning victims

Local resident Glenn Charles started raising funds after young man died in the water in 2020

Members of the Cultus Lake Fire Department train on the water in spring 2021 with the department’s new fire rescue boat purchased with donations raised in the community. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
May 22 to 28 is Safe Boating Awareness Week. (RCMP photo)

RCMP asks Fraser Valley boaters to navigate through summer safely

May 22 to 28 is Safe Boating Awareness Week

May 22 to 28 is Safe Boating Awareness Week. (RCMP photo)
Neil McKenzie, seen here on Dec. 10, 2020, started a petition after boat-mooring buoy rental fees at Cultus Lake have gone from $150 to $500 for next year. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Cultus Lake boaters outraged that buoy fees slated to more than triple

Petition started to oppose to increase that will take fees from $150 to $500 next year

Neil McKenzie, seen here on Dec. 10, 2020, started a petition after boat-mooring buoy rental fees at Cultus Lake have gone from $150 to $500 for next year. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A boater who was on Alouette Lake is missing. (THE NEWS/files)

Search continues for boater missing since Thursday night on Alouette Lake

RCMP dive team joined by Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue

A boater who was on Alouette Lake is missing. (THE NEWS/files)