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The Regina Dragon Boat Festival Welcomes You!
The Annual Regina Dragon Boat Festival has been a long time tradition for paddlers, residents and visitors from across Canada. Our city and dedicated volunteers welcome you to Regina’s beautiful Wascana Park for a summer experience of festival excitement and camaraderie second to none.
Don’t miss out! The Regina Dragon Boat Festival is able to host a maximum of 75 dragon boat teams so be sure to register early to secure your spot. The Festival is an official IDBF qualifying event and the Regina Hotel Association or Stay in Regina.com offer some great accommodations for out of town paddlers. Our host hotel Wingate by Wyndam offers discounted rates to all registered paddlers.
To register a team, visit the Teams & Paddlers area to manage your roster, sign waivers, and more. All team members, including the manager, must read and sign the waiver form. Register early and take advantage of the great early bird discounts.
Come celebrate this unique and special Chinese tradition, dragon boating and the spirit of FUN and friendly competition at the Regina Dragon Boat Festival!
Regina’s Annual Dragon Boat Festival
The Regina Dragon Boat Festival Inc. is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization established to foster better understanding, appreciation, and awareness of Asian culture and heritage within our community.
In 1992, the International Ching Chung Taoist Church presented a Dragon Boat to Regina’s Festival, the same year the organization was established. Now, in its 26th year, the Regina Dragon Boat Festival has developed strong community and corporate support.
Regina’s festival begins Friday evening with the “Awakening of the Dragons” Opening Ceremony. This ceremony is performed by a Taoist Priest and consists of dotting the bulging eyes of the carved dragon head attached to the boat, in the sense of ending its slumber and re-energizing its spirit.
The Dragon Boat races run non-stop on Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm. Teams compete in 48-foot dragon boats equipped with dragon heads and tails in both competitive and recreational divisions. While thousands of people cheer on paddlers, thousands of others fill Wascana Park to enjoy the international food, cultural entertainment, children’s activities, and the Dragon’s Lair Tent, a licensed venue offering live entertainment perfect for getting out of the sun or rain and accommodates approximately 2,000 people.
Dragon Boating – the Mass Participation Paddle Sport For All Ages and Abilities.
As well as sports racing, Dragon Boat Associations have helped to develop the Festival racing side of Dragon Boating. Many Festival Races are successful due to the number of crews that enter just for the fun and excitement of the event. One of the advantages of Dragon Boating is that you can form a Festival Crew (or fun team, as they are sometimes known) with little experience and knowledge, and quickly become competitive in a Dragon Boat. A lot of Festival crews come from the corporate market and compete in Festival Dragon Boat Racing because it is also a social event and a team-building activity in which the strengths and abilities of employees are soon apparent.
The growth in the Festival racing scene is enormous. There are now event organizing companies worldwide whose sole purpose is to organize dragon boat festival races each year. This is particularly true in Canada and the USA, where Sport Racing Crews also race in the Festival Races.
Dragon Boating is the mass participation paddle sport of today, with an ancient past and a very bright future. Dragon Boat Racing is a ‘team sport’; a very social sport and great fun too! Attractive to the corporate market and as a ‘community activity it is also a high-performance sport for elite standard athletes. Dragon Boating is a sport and recreational activity that can be pursued by everyone and anyone of all abilities and at every level of competition. That is the greatness of Dragon Boating.
Plan now to be a part of the Regina Dragon Boat Festival in Wascana Park. There truly is something for everyone.
Our Vision, Mission & Values
To become an international venue and attraction through the growth and development of dragon boating locally and in support of Dragon Boat Canada nationally.
The Regina Dragon Boat Festival Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes and balances understanding, development, appreciation and awareness of community and Asian culture, the culturally diverse heritage within Regina and further promotes dragon boating as the driving pillar of this multicultural celebration and healthy lifestyle.
Develop: we strive to develop programs and services that promote, and grow dragon boating as a sport, for fun and recreation.
Respect: we respect the multi-cultural diversity of our city, province and peoples and invite all nationalities to participate in the festival and its sharing of cultures.
Accept: we provide a venue for paddlers of all skill levels to participate, learn, and enhance their dragon boat experience, develop intercultural connections through different perspectives, and build relationships through understanding and respect.
Give: we recognize and appreciate the many volunteer hours given by individuals to make the festival a success and work towards ensuring the festival also gives back to them and the community.
Opportunity: we provide an environment of harmony, friendship, and peace that welcomes, encourages, and partners with people of various cultures, backgrounds, history and life experiences to participate.
Network: we work to build the dragon boat network through partnerships with local businesses, other festivals, and participation on national working committees.
Regina Dragon Boat FestivalSEPTEMBER 3rd & 4th, 2021
Regina Dragon Boat Festival
The Annual Regina Dragon Boat Festival has been a long time favourite event for paddlers, residents and visitors from across Canada.
Our city and dedicated volunteers welcome you to Regina’s beautiful Wascana Park for a summer experience of festival excitement and camaraderie second to none.