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.

Together the local boating and business community create an unforgettable experience for 450 children, their families and caregivers totalling as many as 1,200 participants.

For the hundreds of kids who participate every year, the day is a fun-filled opportunity to get out on the water with marauding pirates never far away and enjoy a barbeque in the park with outdoor activities, games and entertainment.

Your heart will forever be changed once you attend Boat for Hope!

The event is accessible to everyone and there will be first-aid on-site, so bring the whole family and leave your worries behind!

Note: Siblings of participants under the age of 4 must provide their own CSA approved life jacket.

Treasure Island

Following the scheduled sailing, each family will be invited to join us at ‘Treasure Island’ (the beautiful park next to RVYC) for a barbeque in the park complete with entertainment, outdoor activities and games.  When disembarking from your vessel, your ‘Cruise Director’ will deliver you personally to our land event where tents, tables and chairs will be provided to make it a comfortable and fun-filled afternoon for all.


Boat for Hope is located at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.
Click here for a map to find 3811 Point Grey Road Vancouver BC


This year we’re excited to announce free off-site parking and shuttle service within 2 miles of the yacht club. This is a new service being provided for Boat for Hope 2020 in an effort to make parking much easier for all families. You and your family will park at the off-site location and then be shuttled to Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Please register under the check in time for your preferred sailing time for this new parking service to ensure availability. The Parking Registration will appear AFTER you have registered your Special Needs Child and their guests.

Complete parking details will be sent out via email within 30 days of event.   Please watch for this email so that you are well informed of the 2020 improvements in the parking & registration process.

If you would like more information please email boatforhope@variety.bc.ca

Please choose your preferred registration check in mailto:boatforhope@variety.bc.catime and sailing time and follow instructions on the registration page. We will try our best to accommodate your request.

Sailing Time:  10:00am

Sailing Time:  11:30am

Sailing Time:  1:00pm

Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC