The Nanaimo Child Development Centre (NCDC) is a community-based non-profit organization that has been an integral part of Central Vancouver island since 1967.

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The Event

Celebrating our 36th year! Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor – Shoreline Orthodontics

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Volunteer Spotlight

Over 150 volunteers contribute to the success of the Silly Boat Regatta each year. Team members, Ambassadors, Entertainers, and Event Volunteers ensure that all who attend have the safest & silliest fun possible!

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Registered Teams

Registration is now open for the 2020 Silly Boat Regatta. Team list will be posted on March 15th, 2020 and be updated regularly.

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Opening Doors

The Nanaimo Child Development Centre is Opening Doors for Children and Families

The Silly Boat Races are scheduled for Sunday, July 17, 2022. In 2019, the Silly Boat Races raised over $110,000 for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre. The funds raised at the Silly Boat Races allow the Nanaimo Child Development Centre to expand our services and reach more children and families in our community. Shoreline Orthodontics and the Nanaimo Child Development Centre welcome you to join us for a spectacular day of silly fun for a great cause.


The silliest characters in Nanaimo are planning their strategy to participate in one of the craziest events this side of the Rockies!

Ways to Donate

Donations of our Supporters

The Nanaimo Child Development Centre can only continue helping children in our community who have developmental needs and their families through the generous donations of our supporters.

Highlight Reels

Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta – July 15th, 2018

One of the silliest and largest community fundraisers for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre, the 2018 Silly Boat Regatta celebrates 34 years of the event! Join hosts Matt Carter, Cathy Holmes, and Nancy Wilmot as they cover all 8 heats, introducing you to one of the most entertaining water races Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park hosts annually in July!

Silly Boat 2019

Silly Boats 2017 & 2018

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