Welcome to River Boat Days


From modest beginnings in East Vancouver, they've toured the world, sold nearly a million records and earned their place amongst the best of rock bands in Canada. And 54-40 is coming to Terrace to play the outdoor stage in George Little Park, Saturday, August 5! "If you grew up in Canada in the 90s, 54-40 was the soundtrack to your childhood, whether you knew it or not" (www.5440.com). I Go Blind and Ocean Pearl are just two examples of 54-40 songs that are instantly recognizable and embedded on rock radio playlists.

54-40 is led by singer-songwriter Neil Osborne, with Brad Merritt on bass, Dave Genn supplying additional vocals, guitar and piano and Matt Johnson on percussion. This year accolades came in the form of induction into the Halls of Fame for the Canadian Independent Music Awards (The Indies) and the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards. This is a band reputed for their live performances--a perfect choice as headliner for Concerts in the Park 2017. (June 15/17)


The most anticipated Riverboat Days event returns to this year's Riverboat Days, FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS MADNESS Riverboat Days. Some of the biggest names in extreme sports will be back: professional FMX riders Reagan Sieg, Kyle Demelo, Daylan Tomshak with X Games Metal Mulisha rider Sam Rogers, who makes his debut in Terrace with a BACKFLIP on his SNOWMOBILE! All riders will perform the most insane tricks in freestyle motocross today--the KISS of DEATH, Rock solids, BACKFLIPS and so much more. For ONE day only. 2 shows starting at 2pm with autograph sessions. Plus the guys will also be doing wheelies and cool tricks in the Legion parade. You don't want to miss this one!

Organized by Steve Pereira Productions. Sponsored by the Skeena Mall, MacCarthy GM, Kickstart Motorsports, KTM, Citywest, National Car Rental, The Comfort Inn, EZ Rock, CJFW and CFTK TV. Special thanks to Westpoint Rentals and the Terrace Fire Department. (June 15/17)


You will see their distinctive blue shirts around town this summer. Under the auspices of Volunteer Terrace, youth ages 11-18 will be undertaking community service as the Terrace Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC). This is just the 2nd Canadian affiliate of a US based program that encourages volunteerism and community development, fostering a youth perspective and voice. The YVC is assisting the Terrace Riverboat Days Society with valuable services such as poster and program distribution and event attendance counts. Plus the YVC is leading its own event within Riverboat Days and the August 12 Street Fair Medley: CANstruction.

CANstruction is a food drive that includes fun designs and 'builds' competitions, literally! Teams of community members, youth, organizations, agencies, corporations, schools, and anyone are invited to get together to CANstruct sculptures, buildings, or structures made entirely out of donated human food and animal food. After the structures have been built, the creations will be on display for the general public to view as compassionate art exhibits and to vote for the most unique structure! At the end of the competition, 100% of the food will be donated to our local food banks and animal shelters. If you are interested and want to register a team, please contact the Youth Volunteer Corps at Volunteer Terrace, 3235 Emerson Street, 638-1330 or yvcterrace@gmail.com. There is no fee for registration. Find the CANstruction poster here.(July 22/17)


For safety reasons, sidewalk and road closures will be in effect on both sides of the river near Ferry Island for the Fireworks on Saturday, August 5. Viewing of the fireworks from the new Skeena Bridges (Highway 16) is not permitted.For more information on the closures and best viewing locations, select the image on the left.

Road, bridge and sidewalk closures for the Fireworks:
Old Skeena Bridge closed to vehicle traffic from 9:00 pm to midnight. Pedestrian access permitted.
New Skeena (Dudley Little) Bridge (Highway 16) sidewalks closed from 10:30 pm to approx. 11:30 pm (end of Fireworks). Bridge will remain open to vehicle traffic.
Lakelse Avenue, east of Apsley Street, restricted to local traffic only, after 9:30 pm till midnight. Road closed near Old Skeena Bridge.
Highway 37 closed from 4 Way Stop (Highway 16 Junction) to Old Skeena Bridge from 9:30 pm till midnight. Queensway Drive closed from Substation Road to Old Skeena Bridge from 9:30 pm till midnight. To access Queensway Drive during Fireworks, use Substation Road.

And for a third year in a row, sponsors have stepped forward to make it an even bigger, better show. Thank you to Premium Truck and Trailer, Stantec, Terry's Lock & Security and TCSI Consulting. (revised July 5/17)


It's the combination of volunteer time and financial support of non-profit groups, small and large business that produces a community festival of over 50 events. Most of the sponsorship is received directly by the event organizers but the Riverboat Days Society also receives financial support. These funds are typically used for initiating new events, improving existing events and multimedia advertising of Riverboat Days. The main funding source for the Society is an annual grant from the City of Terrace and Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine. Local media also play a huge role in the success of Riverboat Days, providing services well beyond those for which they are contracted.

Riverboat Days was one of the first recipients of support under the Fabulous Festivals and Events Program of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. But then we truly feel Riverboat Days is the epitome of a fabulous festival!

(July 1/17)