Sinopec Dragon Boat Charity Race

Starting in 2011, the CDBS created the Dragon Boat Charity Race to help raise awareness & funds for a selected non-profit organization from the community of Calgary.

Each year, +100 participants from all levels of government, business and community, experience the spirit of Dragon Boating by paddling in race of 5 teams, while helping to raise awareness and funds for the Charity Race Recipient.

The Board of Directors are extremely proud to announce that this year’s Charity Recipient is the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC). 

Their mission is to provide Indigenous cultural connection through programs and services for the urban population.


Boats participating in the Dragon Boat Charity Race (200m)

Team CaptainCharity Boat Name
Shane GauthierAboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
Brian WongCommunity Youth and Media
Rebecca LiCCCA Business Team
Thomas CheukCDBS Volunteer Squad
Tom OlsenGovernment and Community Team

Sinopec Dragon Boat Charity Race Program

Friday, August 5, 2022 (free admission)

Parking may be available at or near Calgary Canoe Club, and in the North Glenmore Park

TimeRacing (docks)Festival & Marketplace
5:00pmCharity Race Participant Practice
– Dry Land training @ Canoe Club
– On water training @ Docks

Festival Kickoff & Paddler’s Welcome Party!!!

by “Hype DJ Services”
@ Beer Gardens (family-friendly) by Marda Loop Brewing Co.

Silent Auction

by Sistership Dragonboat Association

Dragon Marketplace – “Sneak-a-Peek”
until 8:00pm
6:30pmWelcome Remarks

Multi-Cultural Performances (Global Fest)
– Philippines – Golden Sparkles Dance Group
– Brasil – Brazilian Dance & Music
– Azerbeijan Dancers
7:00pmTeam Captains Meeting
@ Calgary Canoe Club
9:00pmFestival Site ClosesFestival Kickoff & Paddler’s Welcome Party – ENDS

Sunday, August 7, 2022 (free admission)

FREE festival parking at Mount Royal University, FREE SHUTTLES!!! See details…

TimeRacing (docks)Festival & Marketplace
7:00amFestival Site OpensFirst Shuttle Bus Run from Mount Royal University
(every 15 mins)

Food Trucks open for Breakfast (limited)
9:00amRacing Starts (see racegrid)
9:30amVIP & Charity Paddler CHECK-IN/Registration
@ Information Tent
10:00amDragon Marketplace OPENS
– 40 vendors
– 13 Food Trucks

HOUSE MUSIC by “Hype DJ Services”
@ Beer Gardens (family-friendly) by Marda Loop Brewing Co.
10:15amCharity Race Teams Line up
@ Information Tent
10:30amCharity Race Teams Line up
@ Marshalling area
10:45amSinopec Dragon Boat Charity Race
(see more info…)
12:00pmCharity Race VIP Lunch Reception @ Beer Gardens
– Welcome remarks
– Awards Presentations
– Food Service from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
12:00pmMulti-Cultural Performances (Global Fest)
– Brasil – Brazilian Dance & Music
– China – Zhaoli Dance School
– Iran – Hymmmelodies
1:00pmRacing Resumes (see racegrid)
3:00pmRacing completed for the day.
3:30pmDragon Boat Awards Presentation
– Chinese Lion Dance
– Race Cup & Metal Presentations
– Dragon Boat Racing Closing Remarks
4:00pmMulti-Cultural Performances (Global Fest)
– Turkey – LaSoulC
– Pakistan – Aarti’s Dance Academy
– Thailand – Calgary Classical Thai Dance Group
6:00pmDragon Marketplace – CLOSES
– 40 vendors
– 13 Food Trucks
– Beer Gardens (family-friendly)
7:00pmFestival Site ClosesLast Shuttle Bus Run from Festival Site.

Please note that event schedule is subjected to change without notice. Just be assured that this schedule is the official schedule of the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival and that this information on this page is the most up to date information provided by the Calgary Dragon Boat Society.

See entire Festival Schedule…