Join us at the Concord Pacific Fan Zone to watch all of the races throughout the weekend. This seated area offers a great view of the finish line and is conveniently located close to the beverage garden and food truck area. You can find the Concord Pacific Fan Zone in the North East corner of False Creek. Come and cheer on your favourite teams!
We kick off the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival with All Access Friday.
All Access Friday features the Survivor Showdown and the inaugural Barrier Free Canada Cup.
The Survivor Showdown – Abreast In A Boat vs. Butts In A Boat – is a challenge between prostate and breast cancer survivors. Cheer on these two amazing teams as they race and help build awareness for their causes.
In partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation, we are pleased to host the Barrier Free Canada Cup. Eight teams that make it their mission to engage people facing different challenges race down the historic False Creek race course for glory, and to raise funds for their causes. Watch the Barrier Free Canada Cup from the comfort of the Concord Pacific Fan Zone located at the finish line.
The race isn’t just on the water, but on land as well. Concord Pacific will match pledges for the team that raises the most for their charity up to $5,000.
Teams will support the following causes:
On Saturday, stop by the Dragon Boat Festival to watch elite athletes make waves on the water. From 12:30 to 1:30, the Concord Pacific Champions Race Series will highlight some of the best races the weekend has to offer.
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office International Cup presented by Concord Pacific:
Cheer on our local premier teams as they take on challengers from Hong Kong, China and the United States in a series of three knockout races where the slowest team of each heat will be eliminated.
Grand Dragons Cup
Don’t let the name of this race fool you. These teams have been around the world and have the medals and experience to prove it.
These up and coming athletes are the future of the sport. Many of these athletes are currently training to compete on the national and global level.
CIBC – Breast Cancer Survivor Race
A symbol of hope and a display of strength on the water. These teams continue to raise awareness for their cause while competing across the globe.
Steve Nash Fitness World Guts & Glory (Women) – 5:00PM
This 2km endurance race adds a staggered start, boat turns and the occasional collision to the race. It’s definitely a race that lives up to the title
Championship Races – 12:00 onwards (all day)
The Championship races for the festival. Watch teams as they leave everything on the water and compete for medals in their respective divisions.
Concord Pacific Guts & Glory – Mixed – 5:00PM
This 2km endurance race adds a staggered start, boat turns and the occasional collision to the race. Bragging rights are definitely on the line.
All Races (unless otherwise specified) are 500m long.
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Out of town teams and their hosts are invited to attend this special event that coincides with the Friday night opening Festival Kickoff. Invited paddlers enjoy free food and a drink with their teammates and new friends. The festival and welcoming begins at 5:00 PM with performances by Kutapira and the BC World Music Collective. Find the complete festival entertainment line up at Main Stage
Food is going to be provided by: Fresh Slice
Drinks will be provided by: Granville Island Brewing, Berefoot Wineries, Wards Cider and Pure Life Tea.
Teams can RSVP with Racers Services for the Visiting Team Welcome.