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Dip your paddle in the water this weekend at Steamfest Regatta

A canoe-jousting competition at the Old Penticton Aquatic Club on Okanagan Lake, circa the early 1900s.
Image Credit: Penticton Museum & Archives/Steamfest
September 19, 2014 - 8:30 AM

PENTICTON - Experience a bit of Penticton history at the Steamfest Regatta this weekend on Okanagan Lake.

The Regatta races were held on Okanagan Lake a hundred years ago, and the tradition stays alive today with the community-building event. The Penticton Museum has worked to restore four war canoes it received in 2010, and hopes to one day have the boats back on the water racing.

“We are thrilled that the war canoes are being restored as they represent a special era in local boating and especially ‘wooden’ boating, traditions we hope will return in force to the Okanagan,” said Jim Cooper, chair of the SS Sicamous Society, in a press release.

The antique boat show will be held at the Lakeside Resort on Saturday, Sept. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy some wine and tapas while watching a war canoe presentation and looking at Regatta memorabilia, also at the resort.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, events kick off at 10 a.m. with some fun for the kids—there will be a boat decorating competition, kids' tub race and slash race. The stand up paddle board race starts at 11:30 a.m., the outrigger race is at noon, and war canoe racing takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. All race participants must register for the events.

There will also be a BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and awards and prizes start at 2 p.m. All of the events on Sunday start at the S.S. Sicamous.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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