General Festival Information:

When is the festival? June 23-26, 2022.

Where is the festival? See Directions

Where can I park?/How can I get to site? See Parking

Is there a fee to attend the festival? There is no site admission fee and it is open to the public.

Is this a family event? Yes, please visit the Scotiabank Family Fun section of our website.

Are dogs allowed? Mooney's Bay Park is a dog free park year round as designated by the City of Ottawa.

What on site activities are there? Racing, Free Concerts on the Hillside StageScotiabank Family Fun, fantastic food and a wide variety of exhibitors and so much more! Check out the Festival Schedule for all site activities.

Is there coffee available onsite? Tim Hortons will be setting up their coffee truck onsite serving up your favourite coffee! All proceeds go to ODBF.CA.

What are the festival’s greening efforts? See Greening Efforts

Have team and paddler questions? See the Team FAQ

What should I bring? See the Insiders Guide For The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.

What should I wear? See Festival Ready: With Matt Ready - Festival Survival

Is there a drop-off zone? Yes, the festival is providing a drop-off zone just inside the entrance to the volunteer parking lot on the north side of Hog’s Back Road (the Rideau Canal parking lot). Cars MUST NOT be left unaccompanied in this area.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no public parking available onsite. Parking will not be available at Mooney's Bay or on Riverside Drive on the weekend of the festival. Cars parked illegally in the surrounding areas will be ticketed and/or towed.

Can I park my bicycle on site? Free valet bicycle parking is available onsite. Help us help the environment and consider riding your bike to this year’s festival. Help even more by making a donation to our Foundation for this free service.

Will there be food and refreshments available on site? Yes, the festival provides two free hydration stations that provide water from the City of Ottawa in order to refill your water bottles throughout the event. We also encourage patrons to check out our food vendors at Consessionaires

Is alcohol served onsite? The festival grounds are fully licensed. Patrons must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol. Proof of ID is required. Please note that NO outside alcohol is permitted onsite and will be confiscated by security upon entry to the festival grounds. Security bag checks will be in place at all entrances to the festival grounds.

When is the Opening Ceremony? See Opening Ceremonies 

Is outside alcohol allowed? No, outside alcohol is not promitted at the festival.

Race Information:

When does the racing start? Races begin at approximately 8:00am on both Saturday and Sunday. Racing will finish up around 6:00pm on Saturday and 4:00pm on Sunday.

What happens if it starts raining? The festival and racing will go ahead if it is raining. Generally, the only time the racing is postponed is if lightning or high winds occur.

How long is the racing distance? Both Saturday races are 500m in length. Sunday’s race format will include 100m, 200m and 500m finals.

Where is the best view of the races? Bleachers will be available on the beach area near the finish line to allow spectators an opportunity to view the entire race from start to finish.


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