The Sproat Lake Regatta will still go ahead July 18–19 despite the forest fire still burning on Dog Mountain, near Two Rivers Arm across from Sproat Lake Provincial Park.
Organizers are hoping the smoke will have dissipated around the lake by the time the event kicks off July 18, committee member Joe Van Bergen said.
The event kicks off with a boat show and shine on Friday, July 17 from 4–9 p.m. at Pacific Chevrolet, 4985 Johnston Rd. in Port Alberni.
Saturday starts with a test and tune at 9 a.m. The Sproat Lake outrigger canoe club also plans to offer boat rides from Sproat Lake Provincial Park.
Boat drag races and regatta will run Saturday and Sunday, and will include a bath tub race both days.
For more information or to enter, please call Greg Steel at 250-730-0272 or Ray Nass at 250-723-3139 or look up either Alberni Valley Regatta Association or Sproat Lake Regatta 2015 on Facebook.