Paddlers’ Airband Competition

All of our spots are full for this year’s Airband Competition! Come out on Saturday August 16 at 7:00pm on the Main Stage to witness some amazing Airband magic!Not only will you get to enjoy some performances that are both hilarious and impressive, but you will also be able to decide their fate; the winner…

This Year’s Theme: Victoria INK!

This year’s theme is Victoria INK! Get creative with your team and get your tent decorated! We want to see those team logos! The winning team will receive a spectacular team banner courtesy of Scimitar Sports. Don’t worry out-of-town Paddlers, if you can’t bring supplies to decorate your tent, you can decorate yourselves! Throw on…

Island Breaststrokers’ 50/50 Draw

Pre-sale tickets to the 50/50 draw hosted by the Island Breaststrokers are now available! The 50/50 will benefit our Charity of Choice, the BC Cancer Foundation. Tickets will only be sold in advance by email and within the Paddlers’ Village on Satuday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from the Island Breaststrokers. For more information…

Paddlers’ Pledge Program

Attention paddlers!  Is your team participating in the Paddlers’ Pledge Program? If you and your team are considering participating in the Paddlers’ Pledge Program, consider this – one team that takes part in the Paddlers’ Pledge Program will be drawn at random to win 50% off their 2014 registration for the Canada Dry Victoria Dragon…

2013 Festival Kick-Off Media Launch

Our 19th annual early morning Media Launch was full of energy and excitement as guests were entertained by the Uminari Taiko drummers and enjoyed a buffet of delicious food and drinks provided by The Inn at Laurel Point and Canada Dry. Over 100 people attended, including representatives from local municipalities (Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, Victoria…

Women’s Division Keeps Growing

When dragon boat racing began, there was only one division: mixed. This consisted of crews racing with up to 14 men in the boat and the rest of the 22-paddling crew being eight women. Crews commonly raced with 10 or more women, often with only a few men in the boat. As the popularity of…

Enhancing Your Paddling Experience

Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Services This year’s festival will once again feature a Sports Enhancement tent providing Registered Massage Therapy and Acupuncture services to all paddlers. Re-energize yourself by releasing muscle tension or relieve stress with these 15 minute services. These services are provided by donation (min. $10), with all proceeds going to the Victoria…

Paddlers’ Airband Contest

Don’t be shy! Unleash your inner air guitar guru and sign up your team to the Airband contest. The Goblin Empire is currently the only entry and are looking for some competition. There are still 4 spaces left, but don’t wait until the last minute, it fills up quickly! Don’t forget, you need to have…

Festival Water Safety from Neil Pritchard, the Race Safety Officer and Chief Umpire

Orchestrating a competitive sporting event in a working harbour is no easy task.  We believe that Victoria’s Inner Harbour is a spectacularly beautiful venue – and so do the Harbour Ferries, kayakers, mega-yachts, passenger ferries and commercial vessels that also use the harbour every day. Maintaining safe and fair racing standards is a high priority…

An Insider’s Guide to Victoria

Victoria.  The capital city of British Columbia is a destination for tourists from around the province and around the world, with more than 3.5 million visitors arriving each year. With our reputation for beautiful scenery and genteel English charm, it’s easy to see why so many people come so far to have a relaxing holiday…