The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival (formerly known as the Ottawa Dragon
Boat Race Festival) is an annual, culturally diverse festival held at Mooney’s
Bay Park every June. What began in 1993 with 25 dragon boat teams competing
in a half-day event has grown into a three-day festival with 190 teams in competition!
Over 5,000 paddlers compete to win on the water while immersing themselves in
a wide variety of cultural performances, workshops, and raising $350,000 for
The festival is in its 17th year and is recognized as North America’s largest Dragon Boat Festival. In addition to cheering on the paddlers, thousands of visitors enjoy free admission to the live entertainment, children’s area activities and various on site vendors and exhibitors.