Highlights from Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival full of action and passion from Global Competitors around the world racing for Gold.
Over 5000 Competitors, 200 Teams, and 75000 visitors Globally, Ottawa’s Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year in Canada. All proceeds are donated to Ottawa’s local charities including Children at Risk, Ottawa; Heartwood House; Helping with Furniture; Shepherds of Good Hope and; Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a not for profit event founded in 1993. The organization held it’s inaugural festival in 1994 with the assistance of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association. The first event lasted half a day with 25 teams participating. The Festival, which now boasts over 200 teams in competitive, corporate and community categories, is one of the hottest sporting and entertainment events in the Nation’s Capital.
Recognized as North America’s largest dragon boating festival the four day celebration offers free admission to multiple stages with world class programming, marquee concerts, amusement attractions, sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, beach-side bar, children’s area and non-stop racing.
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is made possible by the continued support of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Celebrate Ontario and the City of Ottawa Partnership Program.
The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is part of a larger Chinese cultural tradition that goes back 2,400 years. It began on the life-sustaining riverbanks in the valleys of southern China as a fertility rite performed to ensure bountiful crops. The first participants held their celebration on the fifth day of the lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The race was held to avert misfortune and encourage the rains needed for prosperity. The object of their worship was the dragon.