More life jacket kiosks like the one shown here in Shuswap Lake Provincial Park will be build around Shuswap Lake this summer. Photo contributed

Grants support boating in the Shuswap

The Boating BC Association is contributing $6,000 in new grant and sponsorship money in the Shuswap

The Boating BC Association is contributing $6,000 in new grant and sponsorship money designed to support the Shuswap’s boating industry as a recreational and economic driver.

The program provides financial support for not-for-profit organizations that undertake projects related to capital infrastructure or events and initiatives deemed to increase participation in recreational boating or help to grow the recreational boating industry in the province.

The local recipients of the Boating BC grants and sponsorships include $2,500 to the Salmon Arm Community Association to repair and extend the life of the wharf at Seymour Arm.

Another $2,500 grant to the Shuswap Association of Rowing + Paddling will be used to purchase 120 personal flotation devices as part of a Canada’s 150th Original Wooden Dragon Boat Festival Celebration.

In addition, the Shuswap Lifeboat Society will receive $1,000 to fund a boat launch kiosk offering loaner personal flotation devices for the public.

“Recreational boating is a driver in the local economy, generating $1.3 billion annually, and Boating BC is always working to grow this important sector,” says Don Prittie, Boating BC President. “B.C. is better on a boat, and these grants and sponsorships will help create more access to our beautiful waterways for both British Columbians and visitors.”

“A huge congratulation goes out to all the recipients this year who are committed to helping people enjoy local waters in a safe and enjoyable way,” says Prittie. “Each one of these organizations improves recreational boating in our province by increasing access to the boating lifestyle, working to educate the key aspects of boating along with improving boating opportunities in the province.”