Nanaimo British Columbia is the official Bathtub Racing Capital of the World

Nanimo Bath Tub Race

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island - See one of the coolest and craziest races in the world - the INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE. It started as a ‘Centennial Event’ in 1967 with 200 craft starting and 47 completing a 57-km (36-mile) race to Vancouver. Today, the course begins and ends in Nanaimo, with 'tubbers' coming from as far as Australia, and spending an estimated minimum of $3000 to create their bathtub boat entries. The race is now the main attraction of Nanaimo's annual July Marine Festival, which also includes a 'kiddies karnival', beer gardens, sail past parade, and Vancouver Islands' biggest summertime fireworks display. Nanaimo is also the start/finish for the June Cadillac Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race which circumnavigates Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy of the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society.


In the News: The 2013 edition of the 36-mile race will be held on Sunday July 28 from Nanaimo Harbour. It's all part of a July 26-28 Marine Festival that inclues family-friendly activities, entertainment, street fair, fireworks and the annual 'Sailpast on Wheels Fun Parade' on Saturday July 27th at 10.30 am through the Old City Quarter and the City Centre. You'll find most of the events and activities are free.


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Canada’s Coolest:

Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!

The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives

Here are some of my favorites...

Icefields Parkway - the world's most accessible glacier

The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.

Algonquin Moose Viewing

The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.

Cape Breton Cabot Trail drive

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.

And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...


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