From Heiko Behn, Chair - Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society

Based on current advice the Society has regretfully cancelled the 2021 Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival as we are unable to ensure the safety of paddlers, vendors, sponsors and spectators both within provincial health and municipal guidelines.

We look forward to a new format of the Festival - Dragons Of The World - July 8-10, 2022. Read the full letter here!   Be safe. Be kind. Be strong.


It takes 1000's of volunteer hours to put on a successful, safe and organized dragon boat festival, and our volunteers are invaluable. While the Festival will look a little different in 2022 as we deal with the "new normal", we'll still have a spot for our volunteers.

As longtime volunteer Frances puts it,¬†‚ÄúI was hooked when, years ago, I attended the Dragon Boat Festival as a spectator. The atmosphere was phenomenal‚ÄĚ. She continues to volunteer each year.


We ask you to fondly remember the excitement and fun that the paddlers and the community have brought to Maffeo Sutton Park since 2003. Recall the decorated tents (and teams), the race marshals shouting to assemble the teams, the low tides in Lane 1, the food and merchandise, the tribute to both cancer survivors and the carnation ceremony honouring those who sadly are no longer with us,  and the music and refreshments in the beer garden area. It will look a little different as we all deal with the "new normal".  2020 theme - Dragons of the World!

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

Festival Location: July 8-10, 2022,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

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