Register your team by July 28!

2023 Festival Race Registration

Registration for the 2023 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival presented by Fairway Market is now open! Race in the Inner Harbour with 2 days of races on August 12 – 13.

Join us in the heart of Victoria in the legendary Inner Harbour for exciting races against teams from around the Pacific Northwest.

The Festival welcomes a range of teams- both competitive and recreational- from communities around Vancouver Island, the Mainland, the Interior, and from around Washington, Oregon, and beyond. If you’re coming for the first time and need information, please reach out to us at, and we’d be happy to give you an extra hand!

The Festival uses the Dragon Boat BC rules of racing, with the exception allowing steerspeople of any gender for Women’s Division teams. Visit to see the current year’s rules.



Race registration open until July 28; don’t miss out!

We’re back to races on Saturday and Sunday in 2023! Register now and join in on the fun!

2023 Race Program

  • Distance: As in previous years, ~470 M race course due to the requirements of the Inner Harbour as a working harbour and airstrip.
  • Divisions: Mixed, Women
  • Number of races: 4 races per team (2 heats Saturday, semi-final and final on Sunday)
  • Equipment: All races are held with IDBF 1222 standard BuK boats seating 20 paddlers, a drummer, and steers.
  • Blessing Ceremony: Saturday August 11 at 1:00 PM
  • Flower Ceremony: TBA during Sunday morning break
  • Please note: Due to the Inner Harbour’s unique nature, breaks are required in the morning and afternoon to allow for the arrival and departure of commuter ferries and airstrip movements. These breaks are built into the race schedule; thank you for your understanding.



Mixed or Women's Divisions: $1,495 + GST

Specialty Cup races are subject to additional fees, and will be announced closer to the Festival race date.

Refunds requested until May 31 are subject to a 25% holdback. No refunds are provided after this date. Transfers are subject to space availability and review, and may be subject to an additional fee if requested too close to the event.

Email for assistance.

Waivers and Rosters

Waivers and rosters are completed digitally on Please email for administrative assistance with your waivers and rosters.

Start your paddling journey here!

Are you looking for a new and unique sport to try? Join a dragon boat team, or start your own this year!

Dragon boat is growing in Victoria, and there are dozens of teams training on our waterways. Join a team with VI Paddling or Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club this year.