Paddle Victoria!

VDBF_PaddlersPaddles up! Race in one of the most beautiful venues in Canada – the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Victoria, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival takes place against the backdrop of the landmark Empress Hotel and the BC Provincial Legislature, only minutes’ walk from shopping districts, hotels and ferries to the US.  Get on stage for the Paddlers’ Air Band Contest on Saturday night, hang a paper lantern to support the BC Cancer Foundation, and check out some of the great bands performing on our two stages. With up to 80,000 visitors checking out the races from our grandstands, the Festival is one of the most lively and vibrant events on the calendar.

Teams that race in Victoria include a blend of local and out-of-town teams. Teams regularly attend from Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland. The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival hosts competitive and recreational teams alike.

The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is a Dragon Boat Canada Qualifying Regatta. Indicate if your team is attempting to qualify when you register to compete.

Registration now open!


Festival Divisions

  • Mixed Division
  • Women’s Division

Challenge Races

  • Great Grand Dragon Challenge
  • Corporate Team Challenge
  • Breast Cancer Survivors’ Challenge
  • Open Challenge
  • Guts and Glory

Click here for more information.


Looking for this year’s results?

Race results are posted on this page as soon as they are finalized. Up-to-the-minute results will be posted as soon as the races are decided on our Twitter page.

Don’t tweet? No problem. During the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival results are also posted as they happen on our Facebook page – “like” us to keep up to date!



Past Years’ Results

Check out the results from previous years at the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival! See how your team did, or just check out what the competition looks like.

2016 Results
2015 Results
2014 Results

2013 Results
2012 Results
2011 Results
2010 Results


Medal Ceremonies

Medals are awarded to the top three finishing teams in Medal categories. Consolation prizes are awarded to 4th and 5th place in the Medal categories, and all competitors in the Consolation categories.

Medal Ceremonies at the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival take place on the Main Stage on Sunday every 15 minutes from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Teams receiving medals can send one person up to the stage to receive their medals on behalf of the team. First place teams in the Mixed and Women’s Platinum Divisions may all go up on stage.

Consolation prizes are awarded from the Race Information Tent. If your team needs to leave before your awards ceremony, you have the option to pick up medals from the Race Information Tent.