How to Get to Victoria

Located at the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, the city of Victoria is accessible by ferry and by air, as well as by highway. Just getting to Victoria can be a joy. Vancouver Island has a unique West Coast beauty that you can’t miss, whether you come to Victoria by air, by sea, or by…

The Best Food in Town

In the past few years, Victoria’s food culture has exploded.  With little bistros and brunch joints gaining critical acclaim, the city is packed full of amazing tastes. Coffee – Victoria has some of the best coffee culture north of Seattle. There are a dozen or more local companies roasting and serving their own beans, leading…

Where to Stay

Victoria has a vast array of beautiful downtown hotels, including a number of options right in the Inner Harbour and the downtown core. During the summer room rates average around $150 per night, though depending on what location and options you choose they can rise dramatically. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival has negotiated great rates…

How to Get Around

Downtown Victoria is safe, clean, and easy to navigate.  If you’re coming to town for the first time, you’ll be happy to find that maps are plentiful, people are friendly, and the downtown area is full of cool things to see and do. While there is plenty of parking space downtown, most out-of-town weekend visitors…

Women’s Division Update

It’s an exciting year to be paddling in Victoria. Registration for the 2013 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is at an all-time high – there are currently 54 teams registered in total, including a record-breaking 22 teams registered in the Women’s Division!  The Women’s Division has been expanded to 24 teams, following the early…

A Few Common “Nigglies” and Ideas for Injury Prevention

Sore shoulders? Bad back? Some injuries are more common than others in paddling.  It’s never long before those little twinges and aches turn into something more serious, and no one wants to be sidelined through their training season.  This month, Loreli Urquhart of Alter Ego Fitness Experience shares her advice on injury prevention through strengthening…

Three more years with the BC Cancer Foundation!

The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society is proud to announce a renewed agreement with the BC Cancer Foundation, and a $65,000 donation for 2012. On Thursday, April 18, Mark Mawhinney and Tony Joe, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society’s Board of Directors presented a cheque for $65,000 to the BC…

Massage for Paddling

To enhance your experience as a paddler at this year’s Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, Absolute Therapy will once again be on-site providing Registered Massage Therapy sessions. Whether you have a chronic injury that needs some attention, or you just want a little extra blood flow through those tired arms – we’ll be there to help!…

Eating for success at the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

You’ve trained, you’ve cross trained, you’ve warmed up, you’ve stretched, and still you feel lousy as you’re starting your race. What happened? Fueling is a huge part of success in any sport. Give your body the nutrition that it needs, and it will reward you with the performance that you want. How do you make…

What’s new in Victoria for 2013?

Whether the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is on your calendar every year or you’re thinking about joining us for the first time, there will be plenty of new things to see and do both on and off the water this August. There is no venue quite like Victoria’s Inner Harbour.  Located in the heart of…