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Dragon Boat Festival

When is the festival? July 20, 2019. Races begin at 9:00am with the final race ending just after 3:30pm Click here for the Race Schedule

Where is the festival? The festival headquarters is at Robert Simpson Park. The races take place on the Madawaska River with the finish line close to the mouth of the Ottawa River; where the rivers meet!

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

Where is the best location to watch the races? The best location to watch the races is along the Gillies Trail between the marina and Robert Simpson Park. Bring a lawn chair and some sunscreen and enjoy a fun day on and off the water!

Where can I park? How can I get to the site? There is free parking available in the parking lot of Arnprior District High School (ADHS) with a free shuttle to and from ADHS to Robert Simpson Park.
***PLEASE NOTE: There is no public parking available at Robert Simpson Park***

Are dogs allowed? Dogs are allowed, but must remain on their leash.

Is there food available onsite? Yes. The canteen at Robert Simpson Park will be open all day with both breakfast and lunch options available. The Arnprior Lions Club will also be operating their food truck at the Town of Arnprior Marina (closer to the race viewing area).

What else is happening at the festival other than the race? There will be a yoga/stretching sessions at 8:00am, 10:00am and 1:00pm; during the lunch break there will be the annual Flower Ceremony along with a tree dedication (approximately 12:45pm). A DJ will be spinning tunes all day long and the awards ceremony will commence following the final race of the day (approximately 3:45pm).

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.

For more info please contact: Graeme Ivory, 613-623-7301 | givory@arnprior.ca


Dragon Boat Participant Waiver – 18 and over
Dragon Boat WAIVER – volunteers over the age of 18
Dragon Boat INFORMED CONSENT – volunteers under age of 18
Dragon Boat INFORMED CONSENT – Dragon Boat Team Member – Under 18

Click here to view the results of the 2018 Festival.