Paddle at The 2022 Dragon Boat Festival
Paddles up! Come race in one of the most beautiful venues in Canada – the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.
We bring together local, regional, national, and international teams for a weekend filled with the spirit of dragon boating. The Inner Harbour of Victoria offers breathtaking views, a pleasure to the eye as you swift through the water. Truly, there aren’t many other spots in the world that can offer such an experience!
2022 Photo Gallery
Learn to Paddle
Paddlers are so much fun! Bring a buddy team this year and, as a reward, you get $100 off your 2023 registration!”The more the merrier!
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
Due to increased food costs, we’re unable to host the VDBF Paddlers’ Dinner this year but hope to again in 2023.
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
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.
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 without VDBF backdrop!
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 favorite Festivals.
Drop by the Information Tent any time and fill out our comments and feedback form!
Join a team
There are plenty of teams in Victoria actively recruiting new members, and new teams forming every year. Contact us for more information about opportunities for experienced paddlers in Victoria.
Is your team currently recruiting? Email us and we’ll post your openings here.
How to start a team
Please contact us for more information on how you can start your own team.