Ottawa, ON

Dow’s Lake

February 9-11




Limited Spots



Join athletes and spectators in making history when the first ever ice dragon boat race in North America comes to the Nation’s Capital. The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival has proudly partnered with the International Ice Dragon Boat Federation Series, Canadian Heritage and NCC to present non-stop action on the Rideau Canal Skateway.

Space is limited so register now to be a part of Winterlude’s newest spectacle!

SCHEDULE: *Subject To Change
Friday, February 17
  • 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Demonstration, Development & Practices
  • 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Team Captains Meeting

Saturday, February 18

  • 10:15 AM Chinese Lion Dance
  • 10:30 AM Opening Ceremony and Eye Dotting Ceremony
  • 10:50 AM Commemorative Exhibition Race with Canada’s National Dragon Boat Team
  • 11:00 AM Shiver & Giver Fundraising Races
  • 11:15 AM Official Race Schedule Begins
  • 4:00 PM Awards Ceremony
  • 4:30 PM Après-Paddling Party

Registration includes:

  • Equipment for all team members (boats, ice-sticks)
  • Open practice time in advance of races
  • Three 200m races guaranteed; top teams in each division will race in Championship Final

Team Details:

Teams consist of 8-10 paddlers, 1 steersperson, 1 drummer and up to 4 spares (maximum of 16).



Must race with an equal number of male/female paddlers consisting of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 paddlers of each gender (does not include steersperson/drummer)


Must have all female paddlers, but can have a male drummer and/or steersperson

Refund Policy:

In the unlikely event of cancellation or postponement of this event due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival, including but not limited to, safety, weather, ice conditions, or similar concerns, Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival shall not be held responsible for any cost, damage, or expense which may be incurred by registrants as a consequence of this event being postponed or cancelled. It is further understood that Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival will incur significant upfront costs in organizing this event, and it is acknowledged and agreed and that the registration fee being paid is NON-REFUNDABLE.