COLUMN: Water makes the summer fun

Thankfully our area provides both naturally occurring and city provided facilities making it easy to enjoy the summer.

Kootenay summertime begs us to be somewhere near water. Be it the lake, river, pool, or simply a sprinkler, there’s no better place to be during the heat.

Thankfully our area provides both naturally occurring and city provided facilities making it easy to enjoy the summer.

Nelson Whitewater rafting is a blast. I had the pleasure of experiencing the Slocan Facchina rapids a few weeks ago and it was so much fun from getting on the bus in Nelson to getting off at the end… all mildly wet and happy.

All rafting trips provide the convenience of transportation to and from downtown Nelson (on the Woody) and different levels and pace (including floating) are available for all skill levels.

No experience required and it’s great fun for families. The company is very professional, safety bound with great staff. Reservations are required, so call for info and booking 1-877-808-7238 or go to nelsonwhitewaterrafting.com.

The Nelson Rowing Club is celebrating 100 years of rowing on Kootenay Lake this year. Hosting their annual 1,000 meter sprint regatta on Saturday, August 9 will bring in club teams from Coeur d’Alene, Vernon, Kelowna, Surrey and Salmon Arm.

The event runs at 7:30 a.m. till early afternoon with races starting at the mall end and finishing near BOB in front of the beach.

Watching the races in action is quite a sight and deserves a following to cheer on the local team. For program information go to nelsonrowing.ca.

The Kootenay Swim Club is a regional club, swimming in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail. Registration will start near the end of August for their season that regularly starts the third week in September with the first swim meet at the end of October.

If you have a swimmer that loves to swim year round you are encouraged to come to the Kootenay Swim Club annual general meeting on August 6 at the Nelson and District Community Complex at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. For more details on the swim club contact davidsmcculloch@shaw.ca or visit thekootenayswimclub.com.

Nelson’s 32nd annual Cyswog ‘n’ Fun triathlon is happening this Sunday at Lakeside Park. It’s always inspiring to see locals and visitors alike take on our very own unique triathlon. For more information for this year’s race, visit trinelson.com.

Still on the water, albeit frozen, Nelson Minor Hockey registration is now on. Rep registration deadline is August 15 and House deadline is August 31. Please go to nelsonmha.ca  for fees and details.

Nelson Junior Leafs season tickets are on sale at the sports council office (closed August 22 to September 15). Passes can also be purchased at the exhibition game and any of the first home games. There are new pass prices and schedule so for new info please go to nelsonleafs.ca.

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