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The BCMTNA is celebrating the grand opening of the Salish Sea Marine Trail Sept. 16-17 at Newcastle Island. Join us Friday night, Sept. 15 in the group campsites on Newcastle Island to be here in time for the events starting Saturday morning and running throughout the day, including the grand opening ceremonies featuring a goup paddle converging on Newcastle Island on the Saturday afternoon. Other events include a race around Newcastle Island and ongoing workshops, guest speakers, games and special attractions. Don't miss this once-in-a-marine-trail-lifetime event! The events and categories are listed below the itinerary.

Tentative itinerary:

Friday, Sept. 15

Friday, Sept. 15:

6-8 p.m - Welcome, orientation and social event for early arrivals. BCMTNA hosted.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Saturday, Sept. 16:

8-10 a.m. - Breakfast for early arrivals/Friday nighters. Hosted.
9 a.m. - Orientation and welcome. Hosted.
10 a.m. - noon - Nanaimo Harbour history paddling tour. Hosted.
10 a.m. - Workshop #1. Hosted.
10 a.m. - Workshop 1a. Hosted.
11 a.m. - Workshop #2. Hosted.
11 a.m. - Workshop 2b. Hosted.
Noon-1 p.m. - Lunch/free time. Unhosted.
1-1:30 p.m. Group convergence “flotilla” at Swy-a-lana for Grand opening ceremonies.
1:30 - 2 p.m. - Group flotilla to Newcastle Island for opening ceremonies.
2 p.m. - Snuneymuxw welcome, group beach landing, opening ceremonies.
2-3 p.m.- Opening ceremonies co-hosted by Snuneymuxw.
3-4 p.m. - Social event. Hosted.
5-7 p.m. - Traditional dinner by advance booking/tickets. Hosted.
7-8 p.m. - Initial talk and slideshow. SSMT presentation.
8-9 p.m. - Keynote speaker. Hosted.
9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday - Quiet time.

Sunday, Sept. 17

Sunday, Sept. 17:

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Breakfast. Hosted.
9 a.m. to noon - Races, various classes. Hosted
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Games. Hosted.
9 a.m. - Workshop #3. Hosted.
9 a.m. Workshop #3a. Hosted.
10 a.m. - Workshop #4. Hosted.
10 a.m. - Workshop #4a. Hosted. 
11 a.m. - Workshop #5. Hosted.
11 a.m. Workshop #5a. Hosted.
12-1 p.m. - Social and event, winner presentations and goodbyes. Hosted. Barbecue lunch. Hosted.

Ongoing Events

Ongoing events:

Kayak games. Finals tentatively noon Sunday.
GPS treasure hunt. Clues scattered around Newcastle Island. Winners presented noon Sunday.

BCMTNA News

Ladysmith joins marine trail system

The Ladysmith Community Marina is creating a unique addition to British Columbia's marine trail system - a floating campsite.

Calling all volunteers for Salish Sea Marine Trail grand opening

Calling all fans of the Salish Sea -- we need your help to celebrate our route crossing it! 

Jericho Sailing Centre named Ground Zero

The BC Marine Trails Network has struck an alliance with the Jericho Sailing Centre to make the Jericho Beach centre the Vancouver trailhead for the Salish Sea Marine Trail.

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