Dress in red and white and bring your flags! Come ready to celebrate our great nation’s birthday at the Youbou Community Church on Monday, July 1. There will be cake and a garage sale too. O Canada!
Youbou Regatta: Fun in the Sun
Experience the best of Youbou at our annual regatta on Saturday, August 10. Join us for all or part of the day: the pancake breakfast, the parade, and the fun and games at Arbutus Park. It’s for kids of all ages!
8:00 am: Free pancake breakfast at the Youbou Fire Hall. Provided and cooked for you by our generous and talented volunteer firefighters.
10:00 am: Judging for the World’s Smallest Parade at the Youbou Hall lower parking lot.
10:30 am: The World’s Smallest Parade rolls to Arbutus Park!
11:30 am: Fun & Games and Exhibits at the Arbutus Park
Clarence Whittingham Memorial Quarter Mile Swim…Canoe and kayak races…3 on 3 volleyball tournament…Swimming races for all ages…Chalk art contest…Land games for kids…Music…Whistle, Splash & Flip Triathlon…Watermelon eating relay…Lifeguard relay and more
11:00 am to 3:00 pm: A BBQ concession will be available
YCA Regatta Parade Float
While you’re certainly welcome to enter your own float, bike, or group in the regatta parade, the Youbou Community Association invites you to join us. This year, we’re promoting our Octobeerfest event, so we’ll be decorating our float with a German fall theme. Bring your own lederhosen or borrow something from us. See you at 9:45 at the Youbou Hall lower parking lot.
You Could Win a Cruise, or Firewood!
Picture yourself on a gourmet cruise at sunset, or keeping cozy by a crackling fire on a wintry day. With any luck, you could win either experience. The Youbou Community Association will be selling raffle tickets on regatta day and into the fall, with the prize drawing planned for our Octobeerfest party.
Prizes are: a truckload of firewood, donated by Max Russell; an appetizer cruise on beautiful Lake Cowichan, donated by Eva and Garry Fearon; and a couple of tickets to our popular New Year’s Eve party, donated by the YCA. Proceeds will go toward helping Youbou prepare for emergencies.
Ticket prices will be $5 for 3 tickets or $2 for single tickets.
Visit YCA at the Regatta
We’d love to meet you. Stop by our tent at the regatta for tickets to our fall dance, raffle tickets, hear how we’re preparing for emergencies, and how you can receive our free communications. We hope you’ll support our efforts to help our community have fun by joining our nonprofit society. Our membership is just $10 per household for a lifetime membership. What a great deal!
Thanks to our Road Scholars
You’ve probably noticed the electronic speed-check sign has been moved further west and the white and yellow road lines have been repainted. Both of these initiatives will help keep us all safer, especially as our summer guests come to visit. Thanks to the Speedwatch team, led by Bob Thackeray, and Klaus Kuhn, and others for helping our main road to be a bit more pedestrian friendly.
Youbou Pub Reopening Soon!
It’s true-the Youbou Pub, which has been closed for about 10 years, is finally reopening! You’ve probably noticed the beehive of activity as workers clean and update the building. While we can’t pinpoint an exact date yet, little birds tell us doors may open sometime in July. Keep an eye out for the grand re-opening.
Youbou Salutes History at Lake Days Parade
To help our sister town of Lake Cowichan celebrate 75 years of incorporation, Youbou rolled in the Lake Days Parade. The fire department entered two trucks, including the 1935 Studebaker, driven by the Vaughn family. Lori LaFave and Richard Madill drove the other Youbou fire truck. The Youbou Community Association recreated a historic sawmill theme, complete with hewn logs, chainsaws, a huge blade, work vests, etc. Thanks to Eva and Garry Fearon, Teresa Gustafson, Al Gott, Randall Wilson, and Julia Martinusen for decorating the float. And thanks to Grant Daly for donating the flatbed for the parade.
Youbou Clean-Up a Hot Item
The Youbou Community Association again hosted our annual clean-up drive on Saturday, June 1. Thanks to CVRD Area I Representative Klaus Kuhn for supporting this important initiative. Two pick-up trucks of volunteers transported junk for those who did not have their own means to do so. It’s a long hard, hot day for our volunteers. We understand there was a little confusion over the end time for the event, but we paid for the loads for anyone who showed up between 1 and 2. Thanks go to Spencer Day, Mike Griffeths, Garry and Eva Fearon, Alice Yanke, Lori LaFave, Richard Madill, and Al Gott for their hard work in organizing and volunteering that rather warm day.
Community Garage Sale
If you participated in the annual Youbou Community Garage Sale, pat yourself on the back! A record 22 locations in Youbou held a garage sale on May 25, each marked with purple balloons. Some of us discarded a few items that no longer gave us joy and others discovered new treasures we didn’t know we needed. All of us appreciated the opportunity to get to know our neighbours a little bit better. We’ll offer the same opportunity next year around the same time, so start by setting aside those less-than-joyful items when you come across them. Thanks to Lori LaFave for gathering and distributing the address list and visiting the garage sales with those definitive purple balloons.
Super Volunteer Honoured
Our own longtime community volunteer, Eva Fearon, was honoured recently at the Lake Cowichan annual Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling Awards event. Eva was a top-3 finalist for the Nichole Stock Community Service award, recognizing her many years of volunteering in Youbou and beyond. In the past year alone, Eva Fearon has served on the Youbou Community Association board, organized medical coverage for both the first Lake Cowichan pickle-ball tournament and the Lake-to-Lake Walk, decorated floats for the Lake Days and Youbou parades, helped with front-of-house for the Kaatza Lakeside Players, served on the Area I Hall Committee, hiked with Retreads, and sang with the Lake Cowichan choir. Well done Eva! You’re an inspiration to us all.
Your YCA Board
Chair: Julia Martinusen
Co-Chair: Lori LaFave
Secretary: Randall Wilson
Treasurer: Spencer Day
Social: Eva Fearon
Publicity: Allan Gott
July 1: Canada Day celebration hosted by the Youbou Community Church Society
July 2: 1:45 pm: YCA Board meeting, upper Youbou Hall
August 10: Youbou Regatta: Firehall Breakfast, Parade, Arbutus Park fun
August 12: 7 pm: Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting, lower Youbou Hall
October 19: Octobeerfest Dance at Youbou Hall
Pickleball: foul-weather Monday and Friday mornings
Church: Sunday: 10 am Coffee and social, 11 am service. The last Sunday of every month is a potluck lunch gathering after the 11 am service.