Sail Past on Wheels Parade

Many (but not all) World Championship Bathtub Race teams participate in the parade and it's a great way to give thanks to each team sponsor and the major sponsors of the Society and the Festival.

On Saturday at 10:30am the annual Sail Past on Wheels Fun Parade starts at Fitzwilliam, turns onto Selby Street, onto Albert St, down the hill to Commercial St, follows Front St and then down Comox into the park. 

Online Registration Form


Indemnity Agreement

By clicking Submit you agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend any action against the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and the Corporation of the City of Nanaimo from and against all liabilities whatsoever arising out of their participation in the Sail past on Wheels Parade.

If you have questions, please contact the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society office.

Please complete registration form. Late registrations will be lined-up at the end of the parade route.

Parade Categories for Judging

  • Best Tubbing Entry
  • Marching Band
  • Best Overall
  • Zaniest
  • Commercial
  • Community


  • No alcohol will be allowed in the line-up area or on the parade route.
  • Nothing is to be thrown from the entry during the parade. Items may be handed to spectators along the parade route Contact person accepts all liability for the people involved with their entry.
  • Width of entries not to exceed 12 feet.
  • Weight not to exceed Licensed Gross Vehicle Weight.
  • Appropriate family entries.

Download the Parade Entry Form 
if you would like to print it out. 

Assembly   8:30AM
Judging   9:30AM
Parade Start   10:30AM

Walking groups have the option to join the parade at Albert and Commercial Street. Please advise by Thursday, July 18th by e-mail to

Please note: the parade route has changed

Parade Line-Up

Parade line-up area is on Albert Street from Victoria Crescent to Prideaux Street. Saturday morning from 8:30am Parade Officials will be on the corners of Albert & Selby Street and Albert & Prideaux Street to advise your number in the parade line-up. There will be no access to the parade line-up on Victoria Crescent.

Parade Route

  • The parade will start at Albert Street and Victoria Crescent
  • Turn left onto Victoria Crescent / Commercial Street
  • Vear left on to Front Street using the left lane
  • Follow Front Street as it turns into Comox Street.
  • Parade ends at Maffeo Sutton Park. Participants can pull into the park to unload or if in a vehicle cross Highway 1 to Wallace Street.