Boat for Hope Vancouver

Every summer since 1999, children 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 annual event takes place around English Bay, False Creek, Hastings Mill Park and Granville Island bringing together the local boating and business community to create an unforgettable experience for 450 children, their families and caregivers totalling as many as 1,200 participants.  These families may otherwise never be able to enjoy such an adventure due to mobility, financial and other challenges they face in their day-to-day lives. 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. The excitement begins with our “Cruise Directors” accompanying our pirates as they board the boats and head out onto the ocean for a fun-filled pirate adventure! Once out on the seas, they will stop by a number of “Treasure Stations” where generous sponsors deliver some bounty (loot bags) for the children to take home. During this time, many marauders are in the area causing friendly havoc with pirates they meet engaging in non-stop water battles on the “high seas”.  Your heart will forever be changed once you attend Boat for Hope!

Registration by invitation.

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  • Saturday, June 13, 2020
  • Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and False Creek Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC, Canada View on Google Maps
  • 10am - 4pm

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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 accept 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 and the Government of Canada’s website at

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

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC