It’s WET. It’s WILD. It’s a weekend of fun for the entire family!

Save on Foods presents the 14th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 7, 8 & 9, 2017, at the spectacular Maffeo Sutton Park.

Dragon boat racing is one of the most amazing sports you will ever get to witness so take the time to come down and cheer on the 70+ racing teams. 

Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, food trucks, candle and carnation ceremonies, Longwood Brewery beer gardens, and more.  

We are always looking for exceptional people to join our team. Sponsors, volunteers, vendors, all-around-help, committee members ... you name it-we have a spot for you. Contact us at board(at)nanaimodragonboat.com and let's get this party started!

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It takes over 100 volunteers to put on a successful, safe and organized dragon boat festival, and that is the vital role of our volunteers. 

As longtime volunteer Frances puts it, “I was hooked when, years ago, I attended the Dragon Boat Festival as a spectator. The atmosphere was phenomenal”. She decided to volunteer at the following year’s festival, and continues to volunteer today. 

Have a look at the various volunteer jobs available and pick your favourite role. Volunteer registration happens here - mid May until Festival weekend. So get out your day timer and setup your volunteer days and times. Our paddlers love their volunteers.

Click here for parking details! If you are in doubt - pay for parking. It is cheaper than a parking ticket.




Paddlers prepare yourself! While we know you initially come together to honour those who have won and lost their battle with breast cancer, fierce competition is also expected.

Team Managers register here!

If you can only attend one festival this summer, the Save on Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival is the one to join...paddlers united in the fight against cancer.

Each year we pick a theme. Check out the tent decorating and team costume contests...and join in the fun!

Garden Gate Holistics'  “Wellness Tent” was in the the Paddlers Village in 2016 providing chair massage and Reiki session (by donation)!  We encourage paddlers to take a break to relax and rejuvenate between races.

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society: Box 575 STN A, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5I5

Festival Location: July 7, 8 & 9, 2017,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

Privacy Statement: All personal information given by participants will only be used for administration and regular communication with respect to the festival and related programs and events. Your information will not be sold or given to anyone else with commercial intentions or otherwise.

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