Welcome to our Tenth Dragon Boat Festival
Countdown to 2016 festival:
On July 4, 2015 hundreds of people came to enjoy the beautiful weather and festivities in our Ninth Annual Dragon Boat Festival held in the City of Temiskaming Shores, Ontario. Last year's race saw 8 teams— 176 paddlers and drummers—paddling in the beautiful blue waters of Lake Temiskaming. Although Dragon Boat racing is relatively new to Temiskaming Shores, it is being increasing in both attendance and excitement. The combination of excercise, festivity and community spirit is very attractive, and contagious. The fund raising is now beginning and members being pulled together for the team rosters. For 2016 the funds raised will go to: Timiskaming Hospital Foundation (Ultra Sound), Tri-town Ski & Snowboard Village, the One Foot Forward Campaign for the Temiskaming Foundation and the New Liskeard Lions Club Inc.
2015's fundraising efforts benefited the : Great Northern Family Health Team: $355.55; Diabetes Program-Temiskaming:$799.70; Tri-town Ski & Snowboard Village($880) and the New Liskeard Lions Club Inc.: $1,165 for a total of $3,200.25 for the community. This year consider sponsoring a team or a paddler for a good cause.
Total raised to date for the community: $67,471.14
Total times for three races are on the 2015 Festival Page.
Each Dragon boat is approximately 13 meters long and holds a crew of 22 people--20 paddlers, a steersperson and a drummer. The race course parallels the beach. This race course is 400 meters long, and three boats can race at one time. All entries were involved in at least 3 races, and the times are the total of the times for all three races.
To help sponsor this year's Dragon Boat Festival, please visit our Sponsorship page. For the rules of the races, open and save this Rules form in PDF format. To enter a team in the Dragon Boat Races, visit our Registration page.
And we invite you all to come for the fun!
We thank all of our 2015 Sponsors here, and list them so you can thank them and support them as well.
Basics of paddling a dragon boat video here. How to Paddle a Dragon Boat Part 1 of a YouTube video explaining how to do it. Related video How to Paddle a Dragon Boat-Part 2 and others listed to the right hand side on that YouTube page.
Dragon Boat Canada is the governing body for Dragon Boat Racing in Canada and their website includes information on the bid to host the World Dragon Boat Races in Canada.
Share the tradition of Dragon Boat Racing with other Ontario communities.
Promote the goodwill of corporate sponsors throughout Northern Ontario.
Promote a festival atmosphere featuring athletic contests and other cultural activities to enhance the quality of community life in a beautiful waterfront setting in the city.