Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival

The first-ever ice dragon boat race in North America; teams use ice-sticks to propel dragon boats outfitted with skates across the frozen Rideau Canal!

In conjunction with Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebration the Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival (OIDBF) proudly introduces the exciting new sport of ice dragon boating to North America for the very first time. This momentous event is presented in partnership with the International Ice Dragon Boat Federation – Series (IIDBF). The IIDBF held 8 international races one after another including: Harbin, Changlinghu, Mudanjiang, Ordos and Budapest, between December 2015 and February 2016. Approximately 10 thousand people had joined in this series of events.

Join athletes and spectators in making history when the first ever ice dragon boat race in North America comes to the Nation’s Capital. The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival has proudly partnered with the International Ice Dragon Boat Federation Series, Canadian Heritage and NCC to present non-stop action on the Rideau Canal Skateway.

Space is limited so register now to be a part of Winterlude’s newest spectacle!

*SCHEDULE: Subject to change

Friday, February 17

• 12 PM – 5:00 PM Demonstration, Development & Practices • 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Team Captains Meeting

Saturday, February 18

• 10:15 AM Chinese Lion Dance • 10:30 AM Opening Ceremony • 11:00 AM Shiver & Giver Fundraising Races • 11:15 AM Races Begin • 4:00 PM Awards Ceremony • 4:30 PM Après-Paddling Party

Team Details: Teams consist of 8-10 paddlers, 1 steersperson, 1 drummer and up to 4 spares (maximum of 16).


Mixed Must race with an equal number of male/female paddlers consisting of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 paddlers of each gender (does not include steersperson/drummer)

Women Must have all female paddlers, but can have a male drummer and/or steersperson

Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival

February 17 and 18, 2017

Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario