Panners seek gold in Boston Bar

Annual Fraser River Gold Panning Championships attracts 145 participants

Yukon Dan gives panning advice to Jay Amer at the Fraser River Gold Panning Championships.

Yukon Dan gives panning advice to Jay Amer at the Fraser River Gold Panning Championships.

Anderson Creek Campground in Boston Bar was host to 145 gold panners from around the world last weekend.

The annual Fraser River Gold Panning Championships sees children, teens and adults compete in several different events to see who can recover a predetermined amount of gold flakes from a bucket of pay dirt the fastest.

“Everyone enjoyed it so much that 80 per cent of the campground is booked for next year,” said organizer Dan Moore, who is better known as Yukon Dan. “The competition was a huge success. We hope to see everybody again next year. Everybody went home with ‘Gold Fever.’”

The Fraser River Gold Panning Championships kicked off with two days of workshops and demonstrations in Yale. The competition began on Saturday, with the top third in each category moving on to the Sunday finals. Numerous prizes were handed out, including chainsaw carvings of gold miners and pieces of amethyst from Brazil with mining scenes depicted on them.

Children Final:

1st – Bryan Anca, 5 flakes 8:40

2nd – Emily Cadieux, 5 flakes 9:04

3rd – Josh Dean, 5 flakes 9:06


Teen Final:

1st – Vanya Plotnikoff, 4 flakes 3:34

2nd – Levi Cowan, 4 flakes 5:15

3rd – Samantha Grison, 4 flakes 8:17


Child Plus Teen Final:

1st – Alina Stooshnoff & Vanya Plotnikoff, 9 flakes 6:39

2nd – Tynan Dea & Samantha Traer, 7 flakes 12:51

3rd – Bryan Anca & Peter Anca, 6 flakes 14:59


Adult Final:

1st – Dave Carlson, 6 flakes 2:40

2nd – Dale Scott, 6 flakes 4:41

3rd – Bob Sabat, 6 flakes 5:26


Professional Final:

1st – Sherie Lavalley, 17 flakes 13:47

2nd – Carole Borthwick, 17 flakes 14:39

3rd – Willie Sherstobitoff, 17 flakes 15:04


Open Final:

1st – Vanya Plotnikoff, 10 flakes 2:34

2nd – Carole Borthwick, 10 flakes 3:20

3rd – Sam Tomelin, 9 flakes 4:57


Hand in Hand:

1st – Dave Carlson/Donna Carlson, 3 flakes 5:07

2nd – Aaron Brown/Kassan Borthwick, 3 flakes 6:13

3rd – Lisa Scott/Rod Scott, 3 flakes 6:39


Flat Pan:

1st – Robin Rosborough, 9 flakes 3:47

2nd – Ken Montie, 9 flakes 4:39

3rd – Willie Sherstobitoff, 9 flakes 5:15


Blind Fold:

1st – Wendy Eastman/Stuart Small, 5 flakes 11:05

2nd – Larry Matthews/Carole Borthwick, 5 flakes 13:04

3rd – Sherie Lavalley/Karen Thayer, 6 flakes 15:49


Three Person Fun Event:

1st – Sam Tomelin/Emily Hanson/Trenton Vegara, 9 flakes 19:27


Anything but a Gold Pan:

1st – Robin Rosborough, 4 flakes 1:59



1st – Vanya Plotnikoff, 8 flakes 5:41


Iron Person:

1st – Sherie Lavalley, 8 flakes 9:09

Just Posted

Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio received the BC Historical Federation Best Article Award on Saturday for their story about translating haiku written in the Tashme internment camp.
Article chronicling haiku in Japanese internment camp near Hope wins award

Tashme Haiku Club’s work was preserved and recently translated, authors write

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema, a member of the Canadian national women’s soccer squad.
Another scoreless draw for Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema and Canadian national women’s soccer squad

Canada played Brazil to a 0-0 tie days after doing the same in a friendly against the Czech Republic

FVRD surveyed public opinion on cannabis production and processing in the electoral areas. Odour and distance from residential areas were the top concerns. (Black Press file)
Cannabis production and processing rules being drafted by Fraser Valley Regional District

Data from public opinion survey will be used to guide cannabis-related land use

Robert Nelson, 35, died after being stabbed at a homeless camp in Abbotsford on April 7 of this year.
Mom pleads for information about son’s killing at Abbotsford homeless camp

Robert Nelson, 35, described as ‘man who stood for justice, honour, respect’

Police arrest the suspect in an attempted armed bank robbery on June 2 at the Scotiabank at Gladwin Road and South Fraser Way in Abbotsford. (Photo by Garry Amyot)
Abbotsford bank robbery suspect who was stopped by customers faces more charges

Neil Simpson now faces total of eight charges, up from the initial two

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Most Read