FAQ

Where is the Festival? The festival is held at Mooney's Bay Park on Riverside Drive. Mooney's Bay Park is located 1 1/2 kms north of Riverside Drive and Baseline Road intersection. The Park is 1/2 km north of Riverside Drive and Walkley Road intersection. Riverside Drive is accessible directly from the Queensway (Highway 417). Look for the Riverside South exit. View map.

Where can I park? During the festival free off-siteparking is available at Canada Post Headquarters (Riverside Drive & Heron Rd). PLEASE NOTE: There is no public parking available on-site. 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.

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.

Are there busses to the Festival? OC Transpo services the Mooney’s Bay area as well; visit www.octranspo.com for schedule details.

Is there a fee to attend the festival? No, there is no site admission fee and it is open to the public.

Can I park my bicycle on site? Free bicycle parking is available on site. Help us help the environment and consider riding your bike to this year’s festival.

Can I bring my dog? No, Mooney's Bay Park is a dog-free zone.

Is there somewhere I can put my stuff during the day? No, there are no lockers available on site. We recommend leaving all valuables at home.

When does the racing start? Races begin at 8:00pm on Friday and continues at 7:00am on both Saturday and Sunday. Racing will finish up around 6pm on Saturday and 4pm 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.

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.

When is the Opening Ceremony? The Opening Ceremony will be held at approximately 7:00pm in the Beach Tent on Friday of the Festival.

When are the Award Ceremonies? The awards will be given out throughout the day on Saturday and final awards will be given out on Sunday evening during the Closing Ceremony at approximately 4:00pm.

Will there be food and refreshments available on site? Yes, numerous food vendors offer a variety of food and beverages throughout the weekend from breakfast to dinner.

Is there an ATM available on site? Yes, there are multiple ATM's on site.

Is there a lost and found on site? All lost and found items should be taken to the Volunteer Village on site.

What happens if my picture is taken by a photographer while I'm on site? By coming on the Festival site you are agreeing that any photo (electronic or digital) taken of you or in which you may appear may be used by the Festival (ODBF) for any purpose, including publicity and commercial exploitation and this shall constitute your consent to such use.

 

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