Wall of Courage
It‚Äôs WET. It‚Äôs WILD. It's fun for the entire family!¬†Save on Foods presents the 17th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival July 5, 6 & 7, 2019, at Maffeo Sutton Park.¬†Come down and cheer on 60+ dragon boat¬†teams from Alberta, BC, Oregon and California.¬†Then stay for the food trucks, market place, ceremonies, beer garden, and multi-cultural entertainment.¬†
The Lights of Courage Campaign benefiting the¬†Nanaimo Community Hospice Society starts mid-June. Beautiful paper lanterns, with space on the lantern‚Äôs tail for a special message,¬†can be purchased for a small donation¬†of $2.00 at Ladysmith, Nanaimo and Parksville Save on Foods stores and the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society office.
Lanterns will be for sale¬† Festival weekend and all lanterns sold can be hung on the Wall of Courage.
It takes 1000's of volunteer hours to put on a successful, safe and organized dragon boat festival, and our volunteers are invaluable.¬†
Have a look at the¬†various volunteer jobs available¬†and pick your favourite role. Go to the online volunteer registration here.¬†So get out your day timer and setup your volunteer days and times (4 hour shifts).¬†
Our paddlers love their 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.
NO PARKING ON SITE¬†except for limited handicap parking.¬†Click here for Nanaimo parking details! If¬† in doubt, pay for parking. It is cheaper than a 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.¬†If you can only attend one festival this summer, the Save on Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival is the one to join.¬†¬†Team Managers register here!
NEW race: 1,500 M, 8 dragon boats, 15 second intervals, 5 turns.¬†Guts and Glory 2019¬†will close the Festival's racing program Saturday and Sunday.
Each year we pick a theme for the¬† tent¬†decorating and team costume contests¬†... join in the fun! Win prizes!
Garden Gate Holistics'¬†¬†‚ÄúWellness Tent‚ÄĚ will be in the Paddlers Village ¬† providing¬†chair massage by donation! We encourage paddlers to take a break to relax between races.