Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is a small gathering of paddle teams where a positive atmosphere of competitive spirit and camaraderie is stipulated.

* 2021 dates pending
Community: Salmon Arm
Region: Interior BC
Province: British Columbia
Festival Type: Sports

Celebrating Canada 150, the original Wooden Dragon Boat Festival will take place July 14-16, 2017. This annual event is fun, affordable and fast paced and the 14th annual festival will feature the original wooden dragon boats from China in a special ceremony. The Festival Village atmosphere is vibrant with live music, working artisans, information kiosks and healthy food vendors serving up a taste of the Shuswap.

Located in a beautiful setting on the shores of Salmon Arm Bay in Marine Park the festival is fun for the whole family. In keeping with our organization’s mission statement, SARP strives to foster a healthy, happy lifestyle and build a stronger community through promoting and developing paddling and rowing activities. While our annual Dragon Boat Festival is a gathering of paddling teams, we try to provide an atmosphere of camaraderie and a positive spirit of competition as a beginning to the Dragon Boat racing season for participating teams.


SARP is taking in registration forms. Registration is on a first-come basis and space is limited. The last day for the SARP Dragon Boat Festival early registration is coming early spring 2017. 

For further information and registration and waiver forms visit the SARP Festival Page.

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Bring your tent and camp in the Elks Lodge Park, or choose from various B&Bs, hotels, and motels. The Prestige Inn will offer "Race Entry Rates" for the weekend, where racers can save $70 for lake view rooms. For further accommodation options and price details please visit the Accommodations Page



* 2021 dates pending