Every summer since 1999, BC’s kids with special needs and their families are treated to a day of pirate-themed adventure on the high seas at Boat for Hope, a fundraiser in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity. The Boat for Hope committee also takes great pride knowing that over the past 22 years, this event has raised $2.5 million for Variety BC.

Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions put in place by the BC Health Authorities, it will not be possible to host the traditional Boat for Hope event in 2020. The revised event will take place in the parking lot of Coquitlam Centre, with each corner of the lot decorated as a “Treasure Island”. Families will be invited to drive through the event from the comfort of their vehicles while the children receive loot bags. Pre-packaged, non-perishable refreshments will be provided to families as a replacement for the event’s usual “Land Event BBQ”.

Pirates will arrive at Coquitlam Centre in their vehicles and follow signage to the registration area. After registering, pirates will be directed to a holding area where they will be put into a group of no more than 15 vehicles. Vehicles will be escorted through the course, where they will visit treasure stations and be greeted with other fun surprises. Driving the full course will take roughly 15 minutes and your full experience at the event should take no more than one hour.

A sub-committee has been created to ensure all measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. This group is working closely with the BC Centre for Disease Control to stay up to date with the frequently updated regulations and the full event plan has been approved by Fraser Health and the City of Coquitlam.

Through the generous support of local skippers, the business community, and amazing volunteers, we are once again able to raise funds and provide a memorable day to BC’s kids with special needs.


Coquilam Centre – 2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC V3B 5R5

If you would like more information please email boatforhope@variety.bc.ca and we can’t wait to see you on September 12th, 2020!

Check-In Times

9.45am Check-In

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12.15pm Check-In

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1.15pm Check-In

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