One of Victoria's Most Spectacular Summer Festivals

Dragon Boat Festival Info

Wanting to learn more about what we offer? Keep reading! Our Festival is highly inclusive of all ages and includes a variety of activities, guaranteeing a memorable experience for everyone.

August 12-13, 2023

28th Annual Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

We look forward to a new, innovative and exciting festival in 2023 as we move out of Covid-19 protocols.

Victoria has hosted thousands of paddlers at the Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival for more than 25 years.

Two days of celebrating competition, culture, and community!

  • Entertainment
  • Delicious food
  • Vendors
  • Activities for kids and families
  • Fundraising for the BC Cancer Foundation

Festival Activities

Throughout the weekend, various entertainment, cultural activities, family events, special ceremonies, and dragon boat racing take place on our Festival site. Below is just a sneak peek of what our awesome programming includes!

Getting Here

Coming to Victoria for the first time? Find out how to get to Victoria’s Inner Harbour.


Coming to Victoria for the first time? Find out where to stay, including great deals just for paddlers.

Here’s more!

The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society would like to pay tribute to its partners in the community, including the City of Victoria, the Harbour Master and Harbour Patrol, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, RCM-SAR, the Royal Canadian Navy and many others. In addition, local and national sponsors–including our title and presenting sponsors, Canada Dry and the Fairway Market chain–have generously supported the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, and by extension paddling sports in our region. Finally, thousands of individuals have played key roles as volunteers to support great racing experiences for paddlers.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!