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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 with the same theme - 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

We will be updating this section once we have the details in place for the 2022 Festival


Are you ready to race? We are! On behalf of the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society, Fairway Gorge Paddling Club would like to welcome you  to the Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival. Fairway Gorge Race management has updated the "Dragon Boat Festival Rules & Regulations" to bring them in line with Dragon Boat Canada's rules. There will be up to 19 seeded heats with 8 boats of 4 lanes - over 6 hours of racing per day.
Low tide at approx. 2.77 ft happens at 11:28 am on Saturday and approx. 2.61ft at 12:02 pm Sunday. Races are fast and fearless. Enjoy!

We are looking forward to having you attend this event and hope that you thoroughly enjoy the Festival and your visit to Nanaimo.  Take the time to understand the information below to ensure we all have a smooth and efficient weekend of racing:(2020 info will appear like magic once it's available)

Race Results

The best way to know the race results is to be on site during the festival and watch the amazing competition in person.  

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2019 marked the first year for Women’s and Mixed Guts & Glory Challenges at the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival. And we are trying it again!

What is the Guts & Glory Challenge?

The Guts & Glory Challenge races are approximately 1500M and involve a total of 5 buoy turns over two circuits of the course.  Participating crews line up at and start from the finish line and begin the course in 15 second intervals. Overlap rules apply and will be enforced by the water marshalls. The fastest time wins! 

The women's race will be the final race of the day on Saturday - 4:00 pm*  and the mixed race will be held at 4:00 pm* on Sunday after the finals. *time subject to change 

Who can register for this race?

In the spirit of fun, the Guts & Glory Challenge is open any team that wishes to participate! But don't delay, registration is limited to a total of 8 Women's and 8 Mixed teams -- first come first served! There is a $40 (+ GST) team fee to enter (non-refundable).

Ready to Register? Mixed crews click here  Womens crews click here

Your  team captain/manager's inbox will receive an invitation to register June 2020

Tim Hortons BC Island Race Series

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Tim Hortons is proud to present the Tim Hortons Island Race Series in partnership with 6 different events around Vancouver Island! Enjoy some of the most competitive racing on the continent and local entertainment while exploring BC from the water this summer. Come out and celebrate with us this summer! To register for the series, teams must register on the team registration package via Fairway Gorge Paddling Club

2019 Island Race Series Events

  • Fairway Gorge Dragon Super Sprints | May 26, 2019 | Victoria
  • Fairway Gorge Dragon Boat Festival¬†| June 5, 2019 | Victoria
  • Race the River | June 22, 2019 | Campbell River
  • Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival | July 5-7, 2019 | Nanaimo
  • Victor Simonson Dragon Boat Festival¬†| August 4, 2019 | Comox Valley
  • Victoria Dragon Boat Festival¬†¬†| August 9-11, 2019¬†|¬†Victoria

Full details can be found at dragonboatbc.ca/raceseries

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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