Vancouver park board approves bathtub races to end at northern tip of Kitsilano Beach

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      It's been more than 20 years since motorized bathtubs raced from Nanaimo to Vancouver.

      But tonight, the Vancouver park board approved a shorter route from English Bay to the north end of Kitsilano Beach.

      The bathtub race will be organized by the Pitblado Group, headed by Jamie Pitblado, and will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 11, 2018.

      It will be incorporated into KitsFest, which will have exclusive use of the north end of the beach for 1,200 guests from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. that day.

      The park board also approved an application from Canada One Foundation for a special-event permit. This will enable it to gain provincial approval to allow liquor to be served.

      The Nanaimo to Vancouver bathtub races ran from 1967 to 1996 and were the brainchild of long-time Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney.

      He would dress as a pirate for the annual event, as demonstrated in the video below.

      Watch this video to see how bathtubs crossed the Strait of Georgia and arrived at Kits Beach.