The BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is the world’s largest ice dragon boat race with over 1,200 athletes from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and more. Festivities take place on February 3-4, 2023 on the Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow’s Lake. Practices take place throughout the day Friday, with a special race, the ODBF Shiver ‘N Giver Fundraising Race, under the lights Friday evening in support of ODBF.ca, and then on Saturday, over 100 teams will compete for fun and championship glory.
Competitors will thrill visitors to the National Capital Region and Winterlude by racing along the frozen surface of the World’s Largest Skating Rink. Boats are equipped with skate-like blades and participants propel themselves along the 100-meter racecourse using spiked ice-picks, to the audience’s delight.
On February 11th and 12th Ottawa hosts the 1st IDB1 World Championships at TD Place Arena. IDB1’s, solo “ice dragon boats”, were first introduced in North America at the inaugural BeaverTails Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival in 2017. IDB1’s will be available for competitors to try on the Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow’s Lake on February 3rd and 4th prior to competition the following weekend.
A spectacular lineup of free indoor concerts warms things up, from February 3-20, at Ottawa’s legendary home of live music, The Rainbow. Performances by Barry & the Blasters, Craig Cardiff, The Commotions, Emma Lamontange, Faux Confessions, HOROJO, JW-Jones, Lynne Hanson, Main Street Revival, Moonfruits, The Peptides, Pony Girl, Rory Taillon, Silent Winters, Taming Sari, and We Were Sharks with more performances to be announced as the festival approaches.
Highlights will also include cultural heritage displays from Success Lion Dancers, Indigenous Experiences: Drum Group and First Nation Dancers, Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada the 100th Regiment of Foot and more. The official opening ceremony, which takes place Friday evening, includes the centuries old tradition of the mythological eye-dotting ritual which breathes fire into the ice dragon boat festival, to officially awaken the spirit of the dragon.
DOW’S LAKE / HMCS CARLETON EVENT SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
• 9:00 AM PRACTICE RACES & DEMONSTRATIONS
• 5:15 PM TEAM CAPTAINS MEETING *HMCS CARLETON
• 5:45 PM OPENING CEREMONY: SUCCESS DRAGON LION DANCERS
• 6:00 PM OPENING CEREMONY: CHINESE CANADIAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF CANADA
• 6:30 PM OPENING CEREMONY: INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCES: DRUM GROUP AND FIRST NATION DANCERS
• 7:00 PM ODBF SHIVER & GIVER FUNDRAISING RACES
• 7:30 PM AWARDS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
• 8:30 AM SUCCESS LION DANCERS
• 9:00 AM 100TH REGIMENT OF FOOT
• 9:00 AM RACING: BEGINS
• 3:10 PM SEMI-FINALS
• 4:50 PM FINALS
• 6:00 PM CLOSING AWARDS CEREMONY
TD PLACE ARENA EVENT SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
FREE CONCERT SERIES EVENT SCHEDULE HOSTED AT THE RAINBOW:
ABOUT: BEAVERTAILS OTTAWA ICE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
The BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is the largest ice dragon boat race in the world and a highlight of Winterlude. The event provides an East-meets-West experience that honours the roots of dragon boating as a Chinese sport and combines it with Canadian winter sport culture.
The Festival was Winner of the 2018 Ottawa Tourism Award for New Company of the Year and hosted the 1st IIDBF World Club Crew Ice Dragon Boat Championships in 2019.
For more information visit icedragonboat.ca
ABOUT: BEAVERTAILS OTTAWA INCORPORATED
BeaverTails Ottawa Incorporated (“BTO”) is owned by Grant and Pam Hooker along with their partner and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Cullen. BTO owns the Master Franchise rights, granted by BeaverTails Canada Inc., a company founded 42 years ago, and still partially owned by the Hookers. That company has grown to 160 BeaverTail outlets worldwide. Its namesake products are whole-wheat pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail. The chain originated in Killaloe, Ontario in 1978 and opened its first permanent store in Ottawa in 1980.
For more information visit beavertails.com
ABOUT: INTERNATIONAL ICE DRAGON BOAT FEDERATION
International Ice Dragon Boat Federation (IIDBF) is the official organization of ice dragon boat sports, which is dedicated to the spread and development of ice dragon boat sport worldwide. IIDBF has published constitutions, articles, racing rules and regulations as well as racing technical specifications for international ice dragon boat races. The IIDBF is currently soliciting members.
For more information visit iidbf.org
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