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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.