Paddler's Paradise

Whether you’re here to hang out with your team or meet fellow paddler’s from across Canada and the United States Paddler’s Paradise is the on shore headquarters for everything paddling. Providing a spectacular view of Mooney’s bay, this is the place to be to catch the action of every race and all of the festivities in between. Get yourself hyped up before races, wind down after a tough race, or celebrate each and every accomplishment with your team. With all the celebrating that will be happening here it’s only appropriate that this will also be ceremony central.


Festival Opening Ceremonies and Charity Races 


Be there at the Opening Ceremonies to witness all the pomp and circumstance that launches the festival weekend. Amid the skirl of the pipes two hundred dragon boat teams march through Paddler’s Paradise in the Parade of Champions to open the festival. The ceremonial sights and sounds continue with traditional Chinese Lion Dancers, the centuries old tradition of the Dragon Eye-Dotting Ceremony, and some words from our illustrious guests... Read More

Breast Cancer Survivor Flower Ceremony and Race

Be sure not to miss the emotionally empowering beauty of this ceremony, along with its accompanying ceremonial race series... Read More

Award Ceremonies

The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival has not one, not two, but three award ceremonies. That’s as many as the NHL, NFL, and MLB combined. Come out Saturday night, Sunday afternoon, and Sunday night to see all the trophies and awards in all their accolated glory... Read More

Rideau CrossFit

Rideau CrossFit has teamed up with the Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival to provide a warm-up area for athletes competing on the water... Read More

Beach Sambo

SAMBO is a Soviet martial art and combat sport. The name "SAMBO" derives from the Russian acronym SAMbozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally means "self-defence without weapons."... Read More

The Backyard Axe Throwing League 


The Backyard Axe Throwing League will offer outdoor axe throwing at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival from June 20 - 23, 2019! Join us to experience the thrill of axe throwing! ... Read More

OCR Academy Obstacle Course


Think you can be a ninja warrior? We have the guys over at OCR Academy setting up a short course that will test your endurance, grip strength and mental fortitude as you go head to head for the best time.... Read More