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Paddler Activities

VIB Spirit Award

On the water prowess is one thing, but does your team show team spirit? Show your team spirit – sportsmanship, enthusiasm, fund-raising, community engagement, and positive attitude to the secret judges. You never know who is voting so race hard, have fun and show your spirit – it’s what makes this festival fun!

Check out our Facebook for ways to earn points and win a pizza party on Saturday night!

The pizza party will be awarded to the winning team on Sunday night during the trophy presentation

Paddler’s dinner

Is your team looking to sit down together for a tasty meal following your first day of racing? Look no further than the VDBF Paddler’s dinner! Celebrate your on water victories while enjoying delicious eats, amazing views and visiting with paddlers from different teams. Dinner will be served in the Vancouver Island Brewery beer gardens on Saturday evening, with drinks (both alcoholic and non) available for purchase.

Reserve a seat at the table for you and your team by. This offer is also available to plus ones, friends and family members. Tickets are available in July.

Paddlers’ Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fill up for a good day of races at the Paddlers’ Breakfast, served from 7:00 am in the Beer Garden. A hearty breakfast including a breakfast sandwich, yogurt, fruit and coffee will be available on Saturday and Sunday until 10:3 0am or it’s all sold out.

Paddlers’ Pledge Program

Do good in the world. The Paddlers’ Pledge Program brings our community together in support of the BC Cancer Foundation. Take the pledge and raise funds to help fund cancer research and care right here on Vancouver Island. Register yourself or your whole team, and you could win fantastic prizes like free registration in next year’s Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.  For more information, view the Paddlers’ Pledge page.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Ceremony and Honour Arch

Honour our friends who have fought breast cancer. Join us to honour their battle at approximately 12:00pm on the Ship Point pier Sunday for the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Challenge race, followed by the Carnation Toss ceremony.

Show your support by being part of our Honour Arch. All paddlers are invited to bring their teams and paddles to the dock exit and create a paddle arch for the survivors to process through at the end of the ceremony.

Awards Ceremony

The top three finishers in each medal division earn medals, and there are consolation pins for first, second, and third in the B (Consolation) rounds. Medals and pins can be picked up from the BC Cancer Foundation tent after your race and take a picture with out VDBF backdrop!

Paddlers’ Feedback

How are we doing?  Your feedback helps us serve you better. Let us know how we’re doing, so that the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival can remain one of your favourite Festivals.

Drop by the Information Tent any time and fill out our comments and feedback form!