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Comox Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022

Location:  Marina Park, Port Augusta Street, Comox, BC

This is a fun but competitive women’s/mixed event! Races and festival activities will be held at beautiful Marina Park in Comox. A variety of food choices, music and other activities. In addition, the 350-meter dragon boat races (a guaranteed 3 races per team) will result in gold, silver and bronze medals for championship finals!

  • Teams will be registered on a first come, first served basis;  if registration fills before the two weeks prior to the event your crew will be waitlisted.
  • FGPC Staff Sterns and Drummers will be available for $100 per staff person. Adding a staff drum or stern to your team is an option for convenience or last minute emergency; we cannot guarantee that a team will win in exchange for hiring a member of our race staff.
  • Please complete and submit the form below no later than two weeks before the event.
  • Note that male drummers and sterns are permitted for women’s teams. All paddlers must be female.

Through the Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Race Series’ “Make Every Second Count BC Cancer Campaign”, teams can “add speed” by shaving off one-second from their total time in special championship heats for every $1,000 raised. Click here for more information.

The 2022 Comox Dragon Boat Festival is part of FGPC’s 2022 Vancouver Island Race Series. This unique race starts and finishes along a 350m pier at Comox Marina, providing spectators with stroke-by-stroke viewing and paddlers with the unusual experience of having audiences watch from above, with eyes on every move as teams reach the finish line. Not only does the 350m course provide a perfect day of June racing, the race distance is positioned exactly in between May’s 200m races (FGPC SuperSprints) and the series’ 500m races (FGPC’s Nanaimo festival in July and the Vancouver Island festival hosted by FGPC at its Selkirk training and race facility in Victoria in August).  


The Drummer and Sterns’ Meeting will be held at 9:30 am sharp at Comox Marina Twin Sail pavilion. All sterns and drummers are required to attend. Races begin at 10 am sharp and conclude with medal and award ceremonies at 3:00 pm.



We’re very happy that our entertainment line-up for the Comox Dragon Boat Festival is really looking great!

Music acts start at 11 a.m., beginning with Anela Kahiamoe a, a musician from Hawaii who now lives in the Comox Valley.

Anela Kahiamoe

Anela Kahiamoe has been a professional musician since the age of 17, and has appeared at Vancouver Island Musicfest as both a solo artist and with Sue Medley and the Backroad Band.

His latest CD, entitled “Through the Years” is a solo compilation of songs recorded over the past twenty years.

Anela’s music brings a tropical feel-good vibe, so sit back, relax, hang loose and enjoy the ride.

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast is a trio of Lainie Laughlin, Corey Francis and Scott Lyle. Three different tastes in music mashed into an eclectic set of tunes honed with great enthusiasm after five years together.


Do you love the blues? Then you’ll love Tightrope as part of our entertainment at the Comox Dragon Boat Festival, June 11, at Comox’s beautiful Marina Park.

Tightrope is an energetic blues trio. They perform at festivals and venues on Vancouver Island. 

Ralph Barrat

Ralph Barrat is a very busy pianist/vocalist from the Comox Valley and plays up and down Vancouver Island, in Vancouver, on cruise ships and abroad, crooning Sinatra style with a 6 piece, or Nat King Cole style behind a piano. Ralph is currently involved with numerous jazz groups as well as 50’s rock, and country swing groups.

Food, entertainment, dragon boats, racing. What’s not to love?


Local Courtenay/Comox food vendors are on-site adjacent to Comox Marina Park ready to serve paddlers throughout the day. Please help us support local area businesses by adding a food truck snack or meal to your plan for the day. Here are our three food trucks for this event:

  • Surfside Fish’n Chips – Come enjoy fresh, local fish and chips, fish tacos, Fanny bay oysters and more.
  • Comexi Cantina –  Fresh and delicious Mexican food
  • Dragon Bowl – Bowl of rice topped veggies, greens or chicken and a delicious dressing.


Scimitar Sports and FGPC Waterfront Outfitters will both have pop-up retail tents on site, offering paddles, apparel and paddle gear throughout the day. Pick up a paddle, shirt, leggings, hoodies, croakies, travel mugs, life-jackets, and other items at these two Vancouver Island businesses that are dedicated to the island paddling community. 

Island artists:

Art by Sharon Lam, an artist based out of Victoria, will be coming to the Dragon Boat festival with a special selection of art prints, greeting cards, bookmarks and stickers! You can check her out @artbysharonlam on Instagram/Facebook or at www.artbysharonlam.com

Art by Jasmine

I grew up in Cumberland and have lived here for the last 25 years, and I have always had a passion for the history and buildings in the Valley, as well as a love of art. When the pandemic hit, I started to create postcards and more recently coloring books of all of the incredible scenes and historical places in the Valley. Instagram is @dodgecityart

Festival Cancellation/Refund Policy

There will be 25% administrative fee for all withdrawals. The final date to withdraw a team from the festival is two weeks before the event. There will be no refunds of any type after this date, including if the festival is cancelled due to safety reasons.