General Festival Information:
When is the festival? June 20-23, 2019.
Where is the festival? See Directions
Where can I park?/How can I get to site? See Parking
Is there a fee to attend the festival? There is no site admission fee and it is open to the public.
Is this a family event? Yes, please visit the Free Scotiabank Family Fun section of our website.
Are dogs allowed? Mooney's Bay Park is a dog free park year round.
What on site activities are there? Racing, Free Concerts on the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino Hillside Stage, Free Scotiabank Family Fun, fantastic food and a wide variety of exhibitors
Is there coffee available onsite? Tim Hortons will be setting up their coffee truck onsite serving up your favourite coffee! All proceeds go to the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.
What are the festival’s greening efforts? See Greening Efforts
Have team and paddler questions? See the Team FAQ
What should I bring? See the Insiders Guide For The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.
Is there somewhere I can put my stuff during the day? No, there are no lockers available on site.
What should I wear? See Festival Ready: With Matt Ready - Festival Survival
Is there a drop-off zone? Yes, the festival is providing a drop-off zone just inside the entrance to the volunteer parking lot on the north side of Hog’s Back Road (the Rideau Canal parking lot). Cars MUST NOT be left unaccompanied in this area.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no public parking available onsite. Parking will not be available at Mooney's Bay or on Riverside Drive on the weekend of the festival. Cars parked illegally in the surrounding areas will be ticketed and/or towed.
Can I park my bicycle on site? Free valet bicycle parking is available onsite. Help us help the environment and consider riding your bike to this year’s festival. Help even more by making a donation to our Foundation for this free service.
Will there be food and refreshments available on site? Yes, a free hydration station is available on the main path to refill your water bottles throughout the event. Check out our food vendor at Consessionaires
Is alcohol served onsite? The festival grounds are fully licensed. Patrons must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol. Proof of ID is required. Please note that NO outside alcohol is permitted onsite and will be confiscated by security upon entry to the festival grounds. Security bag checks will be in place at all entrances to the festival grounds.
When is the Opening Ceremony? TBD
Is outside alcohol allowed? No, outside alcohol is not promitted at the festival.
When does the racing start? Races begin at approximately 8:00am on both Saturday and Sunday. Racing will finish up around 6:00pm on Saturday and 4:00pm on Sunday.
What happens if it starts raining? The festival and racing will go ahead if it is raining. Generally, the only time the racing is postponed is if lightning or high winds occur.
How long is the racing distance? Both Saturday races are 500m in length. Sunday’s race format will include 100m, 200m and 500m finals.
Where is the best view of the races? Bleachers will be available on the beach area near the finish line to allow spectators an opportunity to view the entire race from start to finish.
Is there a fundraising component in this event?
Yes! Visit ODBF.ca for more information about the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.
- Festival Schedule 2018
- Accommodation Partners
- Greening Efforts
- Festival Map
- Faces Oasis
- The Cabin
- Paddler's Paradise
- Overdose Awareness
- Safer Music Spaces
- Diversity and Inclusion Policy
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