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Film Festival celebrates Island's waterways

The 8th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival is heading to Duncan April 9, hoping to inspire more people to explore our natural waterways.

Alberni Outpost is the host of the event, which will be put on at Vancouver Island University's Lecture Theatre, starting at 7 p.m. "Vancouver Island is home to spectacular paddling experiences for people of all skill levels and abilities. At Alberni Outpost, we know paddling and we want to share our passion with our communities through inspiring films that celebrate the awe and wonder of our region as experienced through paddling" says Erin Heeney, Adventure Centre Manager for Alberni Outpost in Nanaimo. The festival is a contest awarding films in 10 categories.

The winners and other shortlisted films then tour more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 35,000.

"The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace an outdoor lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle," said organizers in a news release.

The festival is in support of BC Marine Trails Network in Duncan, Courtenay, and Nanaimo.

Tickets can be purchased for $12 in advance at all Alberni Outpost stores, online at or at the door for $15.

Citizen staff