Amazing Race Canada contestants speed across the island

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Salt Spring residents who were puzzled by a row of shiny new electric cars that appeared in the Ganges Alley parking lot last week soon had their answer when racing teams and television crews were added to the mix.

People who decided to brave the rain to attend the Saturday Market in the Park on April 28 may have been rewarded by witnessing filming for Amazing Race Canada. Participants were seen running through town and completing a pie-eating contest in the market before zooming off again.

“It was exciting to see the action as teams arrived in Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Air,” said Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce executive director and general manager Janet Clouston. “The race went through the Saturday Market and, after a few challenges, teams headed out in electric vehicles to their next challenge  — a nod to us being the EV capital of Canada.”

Amazing Race Canada will air at the end of June on CTV. The sixth season of the popular show will focus on teams of “everyday heroes.”

The island appearance was supported by Destination BC, Tourism Vancouver Island and Tourism Cowichan.

“Many local Salt Spring residents were hired by the production team, which was an exciting experience for all involved,” Clouston said.

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