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2020 / 2021 Dragon Boat Festivals on Vancouver Island

The 2020 year has required careful monitoring and successive event cancellations. In an effort to provide paddlers and teams with future certainty, FGPC has scheduled and secured dates for dragon boat events, races and festivals in 2021. Indeed, no-charge advance registration for FGPC-managed races is now OPEN. The advance registration system does not require payment until the spring of 2021. Dates are listed below for next year. For 2020, there is still an opportunity to compete! Read further for details and registration links to Vancouver Island’s first ever virtual dragon boat festival scheduled from 7-9 August of 2020.

Teams are encouraged to register early for races, without payment, in order to hold your places for our 2021 festivals. Pre-registered teams will enjoy front-of-line access to early-bird opportunities and discounts as well as protection from enrolment limits before full-fee registrations open up in April 2021. Teams who are carrying forward pre-paid registration fees from cancelled 2020 events are also eligible for early-bird specials.

REGISTER EARLY for 2021 races and festivals by clicking HERE

Upcoming Festivals

NEW: 2020 Virtual Dragon Boat Festival
August 7-8-9 2020

FGPC is delighted to provide dragon boat paddlers with a virtual opportunity to participate in a safe, distanced “championship” event over the 2020 August 7-9 weekend. Any dragon boat team (minimum 10 participants) can enrol in FGPC’s Virtual Dragon Boat Festival.

For a donation to cover technological fees and medal packaging and shipping costs, teams can participate by posting pre-determined “distanced” activities and challenges, then submit them through their team captains during race weekend. Advance hint: extra points are available for creativity! Results will be tabulated, animated and displayed in real time over the Virtual Dragon Boat Festival Weekend (7-9 August) and winners will be displayed and broadcast on the evening of Sunday 9 August, right around the standard time of our traditional medal ceremonies! The top 15 teams with the highest weekend scores will win commemorative medals, and the following 15 teams will receive commemorative lapel pins. We’ll provide registered teams with the challenge details at noon (Pacific time) on Friday August 7, for completion before noon on Sunday August 9. Leading up to the Friday August 7 virtual “start line,” we’ll send teams hints to prepare some of their distanced activities in advance, so don’t you worry: you’ll have the opportunity to develop winning strategies well in advance!

In recognition of the dragon boat community’s traditional support for our charity of choice over the August race weekend, extra points will be awarded to teams who participate in our annual pledge drive for BC Cancer. We’ll provide teams with pledge drive access before the race weekend start date.

The virtual festival entry donation is $100 for 10-person crews ($10 per person) or $150 for 20-person crews ($7.50 per person) to cover off the event’s technological costs as well as costs to ship medals to winning participants. Winners will receive commemorative 2020 gold, silver and bronze medals or corresponding lapel pins.

Register and submit your donation and we’ll work with you and your team to get your roster set up and provide all the details and hints for preparation over the weeks ahead…in time for an exciting weekend from 7-9 August!

CLICK HERE for results.

WIN a commemorative 2020 gold, silver or bronze medal and lapel pin. Festival medals will be distributed in gold, silver and bronze, by individual surface mail to all winners.

FGPC Festivals in 2021

In response to uncertainty presented by COVID-19, FGPC will not collect fees from local and visiting teams for 2021 registrations until the early-bird deadline in April 2021. Teams are encouraged to register early without payment to hold your places for 2021 FGPC-managed festivals. Pre-registered teams will have access to early-bird opportunities and discounts as well as protection from enrolment limits before full-fee registrations open up in April 2021. Teams who are carrying forward pre-paid registration fees from cancelled 2020 events are eligible for early-bird specials if they pre-register at no charge.



16 May 2021


12 June 2021

6-8 August 2021

Since FGPC opened its docks in 2014, the club’s race management team has produced nearly 100 races and festivals and provided more than 100,000 individual start-line experiences for paddlers from across Vancouver Island, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

On August 6-9  2021, we’re launching the inaugural Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival in Victoria’s spectacular inner harbour. This exciting weekend of racing draws on FGPC’s experience running many of Vancouver Island’s signature dragon boat festivals, along with innovations garnered through the hands-on experiences of FGPC’s production team at race venues around the world. The 2021 VIDBF will challenge local, regional and international teams across competitive and recreational divisions over a number of exciting formats, including:

  • Competitive and recreational championships with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place finishes in women’s, mixed and open divisions
  • Inaugural medals and collector consolation pins
  • Guts-&-Glory 1500m races for women’s and mixed teams
  • Challenge races for breast cancer survivor teams, corporate teams and senior teams (50+)
  • Site-wide cultural and popular entertainment and amenities, including international foods, stage performances and family-oriented amusements
  • REGISTER EARLY by clicking HERE

Dragon Boat Race ~ 1000M / 2000M