Boats cruise through Semiahmoo Bay during Saturday's annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade.

Boaters get into holiday spirit on Semiahmoo Bay

On Saturday, 19 boats lit up and cruised through the bay for the annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade.



Aside from some choppy waters in Semiahmoo Bay, Saturday’s Christmas Lighted Boat Parade went swimmingly, organizers of the annual holiday event told Peace Arch News.

“It was a great day to be out there – nice and warm,” said International Yacht Club of BC port captain Bruce Blandy, adding that organizers were glad to have missed the subtropical storm that is expected to hit the Lower Mainland this week, bringing with it high winds and extraordinary amounts of rain.

“We’re glad we won’t have that. It was a bit choppy at times, but nothing we couldn’t handle – we’re used to it,” he said.

According to Blandy, nearly 20 boats took part in this year’s parade, which saw local watercraft – decked out in holiday lights and decorations – make two passes through the bay, in front of the White Rock Pier.

As well, there were a handful of boats which were taking part in the parade for the first time, Blandy noted.

“There were probably five or so new boats – people who decided to come out and get into the Christmas spirit. It was great.”

As in past years, the White Rock pier and waterfront was filled with revellers out to catch a glimpse of the brightly decorated boats. According to Tourism White Rock, about 1,000 people lined the pier and promenade for the occasion.

“I was concentrating on driving the boat, so I didn’t pay too much attention to how many people were out watching, but I’m glad to hear so many people came out and had a good time,” Blandy said.

(Photos by Gord Goble)

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