About 100 kayakers converged en masse in an even't dubbed 'floatzilla' to mark the official opening of the BC Marine Trail on Saturday, May 14. The kayakers paddled across Ladysmith Harbour to the marine trail grand opening timed to take place during the 2011 Vancouver Island Paddlefest. The paddlers were met at Transfer Beach by Stz'uminus First Nation Chief John Elliot, who as part of the ceremony was asked by kayakers for permission to land on Stz'uminus traditional land. Once granted, kayakers performed a paddle 'salute' followed by a synchronized Greenland roll.
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