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Bathtub Races | sport | The homegrown sport of racing small watercraft made out of bathtubs in the ocean. They originated in Nanaimo in 1967 as a means to promote the Vancouver Island city to the world during the now long defunct Sea Festival. Until the 1990s its racers would tear across the Salish Sea from Nanaimo to Kits Beach in Vancouver. Today the race begins and ends in Nanaimo harbour every July.
Usage: “Did you know there are now also bathtub races in New Zealand, Washington and Vancouver?”