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Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival


Location: Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Road, Nanaimo BC

July 8 and 9, 2023

This weekend of 500 M racing includes Women’s and Mixed categories. Everyone is guaranteed 4 races, weather permitting.

  • Registration Fees:
    • Early Bird (up to April 15): $1200 including GST
    • Regular (after April 15): $1600 including GST
  • Registration opens soon

Maffeo Sutton Park

Festival Cancellation/Refund Policy

There will be 25% administrative fee for all withdrawals. The final date to withdraw a team from the festival is June 25, 2023. There will be no refunds of any type after this date, including if the festival is cancelled due to safety reasons.


Make Every Second Count BC Cancer Campaign

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.


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Rafting Ceremony

Breast Cancer Survivorship

FGPC’s Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival preparations include special recognition for breast cancer survivor teams by hosting a survivor ceremony scheduled for Saturday at noon, including:

  • Championship ceremonial races for survivor teams beginning at 12 noon
  • A hosted carnation ceremony with public participation
  • Survivor teams recognized by the audience as they raft up in boats during the ceremony (depending on weather conditions)
  • Remarks from guest speakers, music, and a minute of silence