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Nanaimo dragon boat festival draws big crowds

Dragon boats head to deep water

Dragon boat festival benefits a variety of groups

Festival season shows off city

Over 70 dragon boat teams...


  • A free family friendly Festival
  • 70+ paddling teams (1800+ paddlers) from across North America
  • Friday - Lights of¬† Courage - evening tribute to cancer survivors and victims
  • Saturday - Opening Ceremony -¬†
  • Sunday - Breast Cancer Survivor Challenge Race and Carnation Ceremony
  • Live multicultural entertainment throughout the Festival venue
  • Food trucks featuring international cuisine
  • Exhibitions and great shopping opportunities
  • Free weekend and evening parking-downtown, with bike and handicap parking on site¬†

The Festival

  • The Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival was founded in 2003
  • Now Nanaimo‚Äôs largest Festival, providing an annual economic benefit of over $1.5 million¬†
  • New race every 8 minutes throughout race days on Saturday and Sunday
  • More than 10,000 attendees over 3 days
  • The 1000's of volunteer hours are instrumental in staging the Festival

Dragon Boating

  • Part of a larger Chinese cultural tradition that dates back 2,400 years
  • A dragon boat is a slim 44‚Äô racer with a dragon‚Äôs head at the bow and a tail at the stern
  • Each dragon boat holds 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson
  • Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing international team sports in the world

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society directors and members:


Heiko Behn, Jan Hastings, Pat McCann, Nicole Langlois, Leslie Sutton, Arlene Ward, Angela Behn, Camela Tang, Rachael Robinson, Dell Thomson

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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,

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