Whats new at the festival
Baring it all for sport: Nude calendar raises money for Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation

Naomi Garneau can now add pin-up girl to her list of accomplishments and she couldn’t be prouder ...

Psiren's Calendar Launch Party

Psirens 2015 Calendar for Charity  The Psirens women's dragon boat team has decided to bare it ...



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Festival at a glance

The Festival

  • North America’s largest dragon boat festival
  • The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival began in 1994
  • 2014 marks the 21st Annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
  • Original Founders are Frank Ling, President of the Asian Heritage Month Society, Warren Creates, Head of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP’s Immigration Law Group and Mike Chambers, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee


  • A non-profit festival with FREE admission to the public
  • Approximately 75,000 attendees
  • 630 volunteers
  • Free parking at the Canada Post Parking lot
  • Free bike parking available on site

Onsite Entertainment & Activities

  • FREE World class concerts on multiple stages
  • Multicultural performances including live music, cultural presentations, and ceremonial activities
  • FREE Children’s area featuring award winning family entertainment
  • Food vendors featuring spectacular cuisine and delicious desserts
  • Exhibitions and shopping opportunities

Dragon Boating

  • Part of a larger Chinese cultural tradition that goes back 2,400 years
  • Began in South East China as a fertility rite to avert misfortune and bring rain by worshiping the dragon
  • A dragon boat is a slim 44’ racer with a dragon’s head at the bow and a tail at the stern
  • Each dragon boat holds 22 athletes including 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steersperson
  • Over 200 teams participate in competitive, corporate, and community groups
  • New race every 9 minutes
  • 15 Challenge Cup categories
  • Breast Cancer Survivor Challenge and traditional Flower Ceremony
  • 1,500 medals awarded
  • Approximately 5,000 paddlers
  • Paddlers participate in dragon boat clubs across Canada and the U.S.