The annual Nanaimo festival got underway with Silly Boats hitting the water around the Harbour City.
What started out as 5 teams in 1984 has turned into 50 teams and one of Nanaimo’s largest summer events.
Teams build their own silly boat, and race to the finish line.
It’s all for a good cause, the money going to Nanaimo’s Child Development Centre.
They are hoping to raise 125-thousand dollars this year.
“Serving over 1200 kids and their families, have been around for 50 years now,” says Scott Bradford of the Child Development Centre.
“Delivering fantastic services we have about 50 full time staff, physio and speech therapy, so anything that young people need in their growth, we’re there to help them.”