North Cowichan Submitting Proposal to become Rowing Canada Host Community

(August 27, 2018, North Cowichan, BC) Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is looking for a home for its new national training centre, and North Cowichan Council hopes that it will be in the Cowichan Valley, centred around Quamichan Lake.

In late 2017, RCA conducted a strategic review to determine what is needed to achieve its vision of repeated multi-podium and gold medal performances. The review recommended that RCA establish a single training facility for its athletes and select a facility site by inviting proposals from communities across Canada. 

This September, North Cowichan will submit a proposal inviting RCA to locate in the Valley. Our proposal centres around convenient access to Quamichan Lake and space for a boathouse facility at Art Mann Park, says Mayor Jon Lefebure and Chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. The Cowichan Region is a great fit for RCA, with year-round access to the water, a community that is passionate about sports, great family amenities, and relatively affordable living. Equally, we think RCA is a great fit for us, with its focus on active and healthy lifestyles and role-models for the communitys youth.

North Cowichan will be one of a few communities across the country vying for Rowing Canadas interest. Proposals are due in mid-September and RCA expects to announce their decision in October-November 2018. RCAs goal is for a national training centre to be functional by late 2020.

The Municipality has undertaken preliminary consultations with various stakeholder groups in preparation for this proposal. If North Cowichans bid is successful, there will be various opportunities for public input and information.  

RCA has been using Quamichan Lake for athlete training and regattas for over a decade. 

Like many shallow urban lakes, Quamichan Lake experiences blue-green algae blooms periodically during the summertime. North Cowichan has recently engaged researchers from the BC Institute of Technology to sample water in the Lake and develop recommendations for Council for managing water quality. Recommendations are expected in Spring 2019. 

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