Whether you’re here to hang out with your team or meet fellow paddler’s from across Canada and the United States Trend Micro’s Paddler’s Paradise is the on shore headquarters for everything paddling. Providing a spectacular view of Mooney’s bay, this is the place to be to catch the action of every race and all of the festivities in between. Get yourself hyped up before races, wind down after a tough race, or celebrate each and every accomplishment with your team. With all the celebrating that will be happening here it’s only appropriate that this will also be ceremony central.


Festival Opening Ceremonies and Charity Races 


Be there at the Opening Ceremonies to witness all the pomp and circumstance that launches the festival weekend. Amid the skirl of the pipes two hundred dragon boat teams march through Paddler’s Paradise in the Parade of Champions to open the festival. The ceremonial sights and sounds continue with traditional Chinese Lion Dancers, the centuries old tradition of the Dragon Eye-Dotting Ceremony, and some words from our illustrious guests... Read More

Breast Cancer Survivor Flower Ceremony and Race

Be sure not to miss the emotionally empowering beauty of this ceremony, along with its accompanying ceremonial race series... Read More

Award Ceremonies

The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival has not one, not two, but three award ceremonies. That’s as many as the NHL, NFL, and MLB combined. Come out Saturday night, Sunday afternoon, and Sunday night to see all the trophies and awards in all their accolated glory... Read More

Rideau CrossFit

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Rideau CrossFit will be hosting a CrossFit challenge area in Paddler’s Paradise, so stop by and give it it try for the chance to win a free month’s membership! Additionally their highly skilled coaches will be running Learn to Squat, Press, and Deadlift sessions free for anyone interested. If you’ve always wanted to learn the proper technique for any of these lifts, this is your chance... Read More

Dragon Boat Tug-Of-War


We all know tug-of-war, it's a staple of festivals and county fairs all across North America, but have you ever seen Tug-of-War Dragon Boat style? We take the competitive nature and displays of physical dominance and add water. Two teams of up to 6 hop in our Tug(of War)boat and literally go face off against each other to see which team can paddle hardest, or smartest. Just like in the land based version with a rope, the goal is to move the boat past your opposing team's marker... Read More