Cardboard Kayak Race and Chilli Cookoff!

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 8:30pm

Join Pender Island Kayak Adventures as they host a cardboard kayak race.  Yes, that is not a typo!  Watch the craziness as budding boat designers attempt to get their cardboard boats around the race course. You have all either been part of it or heard of it by now! So I know everyone will mark this event on their Calendar! All you need is your bright shiny faces, creative minds and an appetite for some amazing chili! Oh, and maybe a spare change of clothes if you are joining in on the race. 

If sitting in a soggy cardboard box doesn’t “float your boat”, there is the annual Chili Cookoff at 3:30 pm.

This marks the 10th of 11 years as PIKA for the cardboard race, and many previous years as Kayak Pender Island! We incorporated the chilli cookoff 5 years ago with lots of drooling success! 

This year we are anticipating our best numbers ever! 

Every year we dedicate the fundraising monies toward a family within our community that needs assistance due to health related issues of their child(ren). 

This year our efforts will reach out to a local community member named Gabrielle, and her family. 

Here is a message from her mother, Amanda:

"7 and a half years ago, Gabrielle was born with a congenital heart defect. After having heart surgery at 4 weeks old and again at 11 months old, it's time for her to do it again. This summer, the doctors at children's hospital in Vancouver are going to replace a conduit in her pulmonary artery. We will have expenses for accommodation, food and parking and any compensatory medicines required. We will have days of work lost and subsequent expenses acrued. Any help, financial or otherwise is appreciated. Above all, please send love. Send thoughts of healing and peace as we look forward to coming home to our beautiful island, with a gorgeous little girl in tow."

Here is the schedule of events for Friday June 22 at Port Browning Marina:

1pm - 7pm: Silent auction fundraiser
2pm: Fun and games begin! Hooping, Bouncy castle, slip n slide, disc golf challenge and a lot more lively action!
3.30pm: Chefs take the lids of their chili entries! Feast til you're full! $2/taste or $20 for unlimited refills! 
3.30 - 5.30: Cardboard Kayak Race Signup. Random teams chosen, bring your ideas. We provide everything you need to make your vessel.
5.30 - 7pm: Cardboard Kayak Building
7.15: Meet at beach to launch the beautiful c(rafts)
7.15 - cardboard kayak relay race around Port Browning Marina

This year we have incorporated our favorite event with the 3rd annual Tour des Isles ( and will have lots of extra paddling fun happening for all ages! 

If you believe you have what it takes to conquer the chilli cookoff please call or text Kristine Haugen at 250-891-2607 to register and get a little more information. Prizes will be awarded to the best judged chilis and consolation leftovers will be dispersed out to all participants!

Let's all celebrate our community, have some laughs, eat some award winning chili, watch a few funny looking kayaks take on water and help out an amazing local girl and her family whom is ever so deserving of 'getting back'.

See you all very soon at our favorite event of the year!

Event Info

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