Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival - June 24-26, 2022

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The excitement is palpable for the 29th annual Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival June 24-26, 2022.

The 2022 edition of the festival promises to be one of the most exciting summer events in Ottawa and one of the largest dragon boat festivals on the North American dragon boat calendar.

The Dragon Boat Canada Race Series event will take place on the Rideau River in Ottawa’s beautiful Mooney’s Bay Park, marking the return for this popular regatta to in-person competition.
Participants will have the opportunity to join paddlers from all skill levels, from rookies to world champions, as they compete for greatness in a variety of divisions including the Sue Holloway Cup, Breast Cancer Paddlers Cup, Pride Challenge Cup as well as the introduction of the new Paradragons and All Cancer Paddlers (ACP) Challenge Cups.

Sport crews from throughout North America will face off in the Sue Holloway Cup, named after Olympic medalist and Canadian Sports Hall of Famer. Teams are focused on their training as they prepare to compete in the 13th IDBF Club Crew World Championships to be held in Florida following our event.

New in 2022, the festival will be showcasing a dragon boat trainer called the DragonFly. These two-person watercraft were developed by Canadian companies Bear Mountain Boats and Nova Craft Canoe. First tested during the pandemic, these prototypes don’t resemble the look of traditional dragon boats but replicate the training technique.

Returning in 2022 will be the festival’s popular multi-sport paddling event the Ottawa Wa’a (Hawaiian for outrigger canoe); a competition including divisions for OC1 (Outrigger Canoe), SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board), Surf Ski, 1X (Single Scull), Kayak, and Canoe.

The festival is looking forward to its return to in-person competition, welcoming new and returning teams as they battle it out in the heart of the Nation’s Capital!

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