Now in its second decade, the St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival on the Historic Henley is an annual day of fun and competition combining dragon boats, paddles, and people.
Professional teams will find the Henley course both a treat and a challenge with its 500-metre, four-lane race route, and the opportunity to hone their skills against a variety of teams.
Amateur teams - whether first-timers or occasional paddlers - will find the friendly and non-threatening atmosphere of the Festival makes this a day to remember. Dragon Boat racing is suitable for all ages (16 and up) and athletic abilities. Make it a family and friends get-together, a neighbourhood bonding experience, or a company team-building exercise.
The Festival is held on Henley Island, located in the Port Dalhousie section of St. Catharines. Races start around 9 a.m. and the day ends around 5 p.m. Practices take place the week prior during the evenings.
Proceeds from the St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival support:
- The St. Catharines Museum (team and vendor registrations) for Educational Programs and Special Projects.
- Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation (team pledges and donations) to provide free psychological, social, emotional and informational support to cancer patients and their loved ones.