The inaugural Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival registration sold out in 10 minutes. Organizers quickly opened a second block to meet the unprecedented demand which also proceeded to sell out. Athletes have registered from California, Florida, New York, Ontario and Quebec.

Registration opened today for the first ever ice dragon boat race in North America. The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival has partnered with the International Ice Dragon Boat Federation Series, Canadian Heritage and NCC to present non-stop action in the Nation’s Capital in conjunction with Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebration.

Athletes and spectators are expected to make history when the converge in Ottawa for Winterlude’s newest attraction. The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival will run from February 17-18, 2017 on the Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow’s Lake.

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

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