Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival

Open for 2017 Team Entries

From humble beginnings in 2003 with 20 teams, to a whopper of an event with more than 70 teams expected in 2017, the 14th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival presented by Save on Foods will host paddlers from across the country and beyond. From July 7th through 9th at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo, British Columbia, teams will come together in fierce competition to honour those who have battled breast cancer. One hundred percent of net proceeds from the event are donated to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation and Nanaimo Hospice Society to assist in improving the diagnosis, treatment and care processes of breast cancer patients and their families.

From day one, one of the main goals of the non-profit Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society was to raise funds for imaging equipment to assist in the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at Nanaimo Regional Hospital and to support the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. “We are honoured to be recognized for making contributions towards breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care on Central Vancouver Island,” says Heiko Behn, NDBF Society Chair. “The paddlers, sponsors, volunteers and members of the general public who support this event are the true heroes.” 

Beyond the water, the Festival is a cultural event with full line-up of entertainment and activities throughout the weekend: a candle ceremony honours those affected by cancer, demonstrations of traditional Japanese dance, an Elvis-tribute performance and more. A beer garden and expo featuring sports equipment, health and wellness companies and food vendors round out the offerings for participants and spectators. The Paddler’s Village and Paddler’s Parties are a hub of activity and friendship for participants visiting from across Canada and the world.

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