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Paddler's Village

Save on Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival (NDBF) provides a secure Paddler's Village; a home-away-from-home during the Festival weekend for all registered paddlers. The race marshalling tent is located in the centre of the Paddler’s Village.


One 10’ X 10’ tent is provided for each registered team. The NDBF Race Registrar assigns each tent with a number and each team with their tent number. No changes are permitted - your tent number is your address for the weekend. We are frequently asked if a team can erect a second tent in front of the tent provided by the NDBF. The short answer is NO. The Paddler’s Village space is limited and safety concerns prevent the addition of any extra structures not provided by NDBF.

Registered teams are encouraged to decorate their team tent...a fun, team building exercise. TEAM TENT DECORATING CONTEST 2017 rules here! And don't forget about the Team Costume Contest. Win the contest, next year's registration fee is on us! TEAM COSTUME CONTEST RULES here


At the entrance/exit fence to the Paddler's Village you will find a large white board with:

  • Race Manger’s instructions
  • Crew Marshall’s instructions
  • Race grids, results and advancements
  • Registered teams and their team tent number
  • Steering Pool and “Spares” List


Wristbands must be worn on the wrist by all racers - THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL. No wristband = No entry to the Paddler’s Village. Take care of your wristband! There is security positioned at the entrance of the Paddler’s Village all weekend and they will need to see your wristband. It is your key for admittance.


Smoking and/or pets are not allowed within the Paddler's Village (service guide dogs for the disabled or visually impaired ARE permitted). Please note that the City of Nanaimo has designated ALL parks a smoke free zone.

Protect your belongings; NBDF is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

For security and liability, non-registered people WILL NOT be permitted in the Paddlers Village. The Paddler’s Village is an adult only environment (except for Junior teams and their chaperones). If you are travelling with children please make prior arrangements for their supervision outside of the Paddler’s Village.

Julie Romanyshyn of Garden Gate Holistics' has set up a  "Wellness Tent"  in the Paddlers Village offering chair massages to the paddlers. All sessions are by donation, with the donated money going to Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. Ease tension in tired muscles, calm mood; promote focus and increase your performance!

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

Festival Location: July 6, 7 & 8, 2018,  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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