What is Ice Dragon Boat?

The BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is the Worlds largest Ice Dragon Boat Festival. Taking place on the Rideau canal skateway, the boats get equipped with skate-like blades and competitors propel themselves along the course using spiked ice-picks. The festival is a world class celebration that offers free concerts, family fun, all aged activities, traditional aboriginal dancers and traditional Chinese lion dancers. ‘

This new sport involves crews of 10 paddlers plus one drummer and one steers-person who race against other teams on a frozen river or lake course. Ice dragon boating is quickly emerging as a popular winter sport around the world. It is gaining popularity as a team-building activity for all age groups – From families through to corporate team-building activities. Ice dragon boat provides a great core and upper-body workout in a fun winter team environment.2

Festival History

The BeaverTails Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a not for profit founded in 1993. The organization held it’s inaugural ice festival in 2017. The Festival currently boasts 100 teams and is one of the Coolest winter sporting and music events in the Nation’s Capital.

Recognized as the world’s largest ice dragon boating festival, the two-day celebration offers free admission to sports demonstrations, non-stop racing and concerts.

Festival Mission

To deliver the wold’s premiere Ice Dragon Boat Festival. Offering visitors to and residents of Canada’s Capital Region the opportunity to participate and engage in, the arts, sports, cultural, heritage and volunteer activities, significantly contributing to the tourism, economic growth, community engagement and cultural fabric of our diverse community.