COURTENAY, B.C. – A rubber ducky race along the Puntledge River benefits many across the Comox Valley.

Put on by the Rotary Club of Comox, the annual Ducky500 is a raffle with a twist. 

Every Canada Day rubber ducks are floated along the Puntledge River as part of Courtenay’s celebrations. 

Rotary members sell 6,500 tickets. Each ticket has a number, and a matching number is put on each rubber duck. 

The finish line is the 5th Street Bridge. 

The ducks are all put in the river at the same time and the numbers of the 10 ducks that reach the finish line first are used to determine the raffle winners.

Each ticket costs $10. 

After prizes and expenses, the Comox Rotary club uses all of the remaining money to fund local charitable projects.

Ticket sales help benefit charities and projects in and around the Comox Valley including Dawn to Dawn, Hospice and the Transition Society.

The duck race is on Canada Day Monday at 1:00pm in Lewis Park along the Courtenay River. 

As of Friday afternoon, there were fewer than 160 tickets remaining. 

You can buy them at the Comox Rotary’s website.