Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Event Details

The Festival At A Glance

  • North America’s largest dragon boat festival
  • Established in 1994
  • Original Founders are Frank Ling, President of the Asian Heritage Month Society, Warren Creates, Head of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP’s Immigration Law Group and Mike Chambers, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee


  • A non-profit festival with free admission to the public
  • 75,000 Attendees
  • 5,000 Paddlers
  • 200 Teams in competitive, corporate, and community categories
  • 1,500 Medals awarded
  • 24 Challenge Cup categories
  • Breast Cancer Survivor Challenge and traditional Flower Ceremony
  • Races every 10 minutes
  • A dragon boat is a slim 44’ racer with a dragon’s head at the bow and a tail at the stern
  • Each dragon boat holds 22 athletes including 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steersperson
  • Free public parking at the Canada Post parking lot
  • Free bike parking available on site

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