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The Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival began in 2003 with 20 registered teams and has grown into a premier event with over 70 teams participating.

From day one, one main goal of the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society was to focus on raising funds for imaging equipment to assist in the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at NRGH and supporting the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society.

“We are honoured to be recognized for making contributions towards breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care on Central Vancouver Island,” says Heiko Behn, NDBF Society Chair. “ The paddlers, sponsors, volunteers and members of the general public who support this event are the true heroes.” 

Dragon boating has become a signature sport adopted by cancer survivors. These paddlers come together for the moral support, the exercise, the excitement.  They are all united in the fight to beat cancer. Teams from all over Western Canada and U.S. will arrive ready to race in the Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival - a weekend of competition, camaraderie and celebration on Nanaimo's spectacular waterfront.

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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,

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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