One of Victoria’s most popular annual summer events, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is a wonderful combination of culture and sport. Our world-renowned inner harbour is the venue for this festival, and it is believed to be the only Dragon Boat festival in North America to take place in a working harbour.
The Dragon Boat Festival - "Duan Wu Jie" in Chinese - is traditionally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Most believe dragon boat festivals were established to commemorate a great patriot poet, Qu Yuan. Dragon boat racing is not only one of the most important Chinese traditions second to Chinese New Year, but now is an annual event held in over 40 countries.
A unique aspect of the dragon boat is that people of all ages can paddle and compete in the races.
Take a look at the Victoria Dragon Boat website, which is full of interesting information and photos.