TOP 10 DRAGON BOAT FESTIVALS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsCelebrating an unique and special Chinese tradition, which began as a fertility rite to avoid misfortune and bring rain by worshiping the dragon, the Dragon Boat Festivals now happen every year all over Canada.

Going back 2,400 years, Dragon Boat Festivals showcase dragon boats of 44 feet with a dragon’s head at the bow and a tail at the stern holding 22 athletes including 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steers person. Hundreds of teams including over 5,000 paddlers strive towards achieving 1,500 medals.








 

Pickering Dragon Boat Festival
early June
Marilyn Bell Park, Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsOne of the most competitive dragon boat regattas of the racing season, popular for more than 17 years, the Pickering Dragon Boat Festival showcases a wide range of events, including twelve mixed crews competing in a series of 3 championship races, events for women only, and some for men only, as well as a Specialty Cup Race for university crews. This popular event also offers a sneak look at the World’s dragon boat club crew competition.

For more information about the Pickering Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://www.pdbc.ca/festival/festival.html





Dragon Boat Festival
mid June
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsA popular event for twenty years, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, recognized as one of North America’s largest Dragon Boat Festivals, showcases a host of dragon boat races on the Rideau River as well as presenting famous Canadian and international singers and bands performing on multiple stages on shore, and even magician acts to balloon sculptors for the children. Attracting more the 85,000 attendees each year, the 180+ teams warded by 500 volunteers are just a part of the wide range of attractions including a beer garden, a ferry ride to the Centre Island to enjoy sights of the Toronto skyline.

For more information about the Dragon Boat Festival in Ottawa see:
http://www.dragonboat.net





Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
late June
False Creek, Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsRecognized as North America’s biggest and best dragon boat festival, and also known as the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival attracts more than 100,000 enthusiasts every year who come to cheer on the 180 dragon boat teams from all over the world as they compete for highly respected titles. Apart from the actual dragon boat races (a new dragon boat race every 10 minutes) entertainment in this increasingly popular event includes a World Beat Stage, tempting food and shopping and much more.

For more information about the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival / Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://dragonboatbc.ca/home/





Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival
late June
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsA two-day event on Toronto Centre Island now attracting teams from all over Canada, the USA, the Caribbean Islands, Europe and Asia, has become an increasingly popular affair for 25 years. The Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival celebrates Chinese culture and others too in a wide selection of food, crafts, workshops, and performances.

For more in formation about the Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://dragonboats.com




Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
mid August
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsA favorite Dragon Boat Festival in North America for almost two decades, and the only one to take place in a working harbor, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival celebrates a wide range of Asian sports and culture. Hosting a maximum of 90 dragon boat teams, highlights of the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival include exciting dragon boat races, a wide variety of entertainment on two stages, activities for kids and families, world cuisines and more.

For more information about the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://www.victoriadragonboat.com





Calgary Dragon Boat Festival
mid August
Calgary, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsOne of the city’s most respected sports festivals, the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival attracts over 1,250 competitors and 2,500 spectators with a whole range of fun and cultural experiences. The Calgary Dragon Boat Festival is recognized by Dragon Boat Canada as a qualifying event for the purposes of the 2014 National Club Crew Qualifiers. Apart from the obvious sporting attractions, the Calgary Dragon Boat Festival also includes a play zone for children, food trucks, cultural entertainment, live band performances and even the ever popular beer gardens.

For more information about the Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival visit:
http://www.chinatowncalgary.com/dragonboat/





SaskPower Regina Dragon Boat Festival
late August
Wascana Park, Regina, Saskatchewan (SK)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsAn increasingly popular event for over two decades, the annual SaskPower Regina Dragon Boat Festival is recognized as an official IDBF (the worldwide governing body for dragon boat racing ) qualifying event. Featuring more than 60 dragon boat teams, the SaskPower Regina Dragon Boat Festival has been a long time favorite event for paddlers, residents and visitors from across Canada, the USA and all over the world.

For more information about the SaskPower Regina Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://www.reginadragonboat.com/








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