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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 successful Festival  - Dragons Of The World - July 8-10, 2022.                Read the full letter here!

Best wishes to all and thank you for your understanding and your support.

Heiko Behn

Chair - Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society


3:00 pm¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Paddler¬† Registration ‚Äď Paddler‚Äôs Village

5:00 pm¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Survivors Dinner ‚Äď private, by invite only

7:00 pm               Registration closes

8:30 pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Lights of Courage Ceremony ‚Äď Swy-a-Lana Lagoon¬†


7:00 am               Shriners Pancake breakfast starts cooking

7:00 am ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Late Registration opens ‚Äď Paddler‚Äôs Village

8:15 am               Steers/Managers meeting

8:00 am               Registration closes

9:00 am               And the racing begins!

9:00 am               Vendors open and ready for business!

11:00 am             Shriners Pancake breakfast ends

NOON ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Opening Ceremony ‚Äď Swy-a-Lana Lagoon

NOON                 Longwood Brewery Beer Garden starts pouring!

1:00 pm               Afternoon racing begins

4:00 pm               Guts and Glory 1500 m race-womens

5:00 pm               Longwood Brewery Beer Garden closes

5:30 pm¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† All Paddler‚Äôs Party begins ‚Äď private, by invite only


7:00 am               Site opens

8:00 am               Shriners start cooking pancakes!

8:30 am               Dragon boat racing begins

9:00 am               Vendors open and ready to do business!

11:00 am             Shriners Pancake Breakfast ends

11:10 am             Breast Cancer Challenge races

NOON¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Carnation Ceremony ‚Äď Swy-a-Lana Lagoon.

NOON                 Longwood Brewery Beer garden starts pouring!

1:00 pm               Afternoon racing begins - finals           

4:00 pm               Guts and Glory 1500 m race - mixed

4:00 pm               Panago Awards Ceremony -  near Beer Garden entrance

7:00 pm               Longwood Brewery Beer Garden closes

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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