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.

Meet Savannah…

The Board of Directors are extremely proud to announce that this year’s Charity Recipient is the “Make-A-Wish”

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Wishes typically fall into these five categories:

  • I wish to go… Travel throughout Canada or internationally
  • I wish to have… Special gifts like shopping sprees, room makeovers or gaming equipment
  • I wish to meet… A hero, favorite celebrity, athlete, musician or band
  • I wish to be… A zoo-keeper, celebrity, firefighter, prime minister or even a superhero
  • I wish to give… Toys to cancer patients or instruments to a high school band


On December 19th, 2022 Calgary Dragon Boat Society and the Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta Directors met and discussed their Role as the 2023 Sinopec Dragon Boat Charity Recipient. L-R: Keri (CDBS), Amanda (CDBS), Simona (CDBS), John (CDBS), Bernard (Business), Grace (CDBS), Danny (CDBS)

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

Team CaptainCharity Boat Name
SavannahMake-a-Wish Canada
Jody YeeUCCA Chinese Community
Rebecca LiCCCA Business Team
Charlene & KarenCDBS Volunteer Squad
Jack Yee & Tom OlsenGovernment

updated: July 24, 2023

Sinopec Dragon Boat Charity Race Program

Friday, August 9, 2024 (free admission)

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

updated: October 29, 2023

TimeRacing (docks)Festival & Marketplace
5:00pmCharity Race Participant Practice
– Dry Land training @ Canoe Club
– On water training @ Docks
5:30pmFestival Kickoff & Paddler’s Welcome Party!!! FREE ADMISSION!!!

Beer Gardens – Family Friendly
by Marda Loop Brewing Co.

Food Trucks on-site

House DJ
by Pro Star Productions

Silent Auction

by Sistership Dragonboat Association

Dragon Marketplace – “Sneak-a-Peek”
until 8:00pm
7:00pmWelcome Remarks

Team Captains Meeting
@ Beer Gardens
9:00pmFestival Site ClosesFestival Kickoff & Paddler’s Welcome Party – ENDS

Sinopec Charity Race Schedule (PARK AT Mount Royal University, TAKE SHUTTLES)
Sunday, August 13, 2023

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

updated: August 2nd, 2023

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

Food Trucks open for Breakfast (limited)
9:30amVIP & Charity Paddler CHECK-IN/Registration
@ Information Tent
10:00amDragon Marketplace OPENS
– 50 vendors
– 15 Food Trucks

Trico Homes KID”S PLAY Zone

Beer Gardens – Family Friendly
by Marda Loop Brewing Co.

House DJ
by Pro Star Productions
10:15amCharity Race Teams Line up
@ Information Tent
10:30amCharity Race Teams Line up
@ Marshalling area
10:45amSinopec Dragon Boat Charity Race (200m)
11:45amCharity Race VIP Lunch Reception @ Beer Gardens
– Welcome remarks
– Awards Presentations
– Food Service from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
12:00pmMulti-Cultural Performances (Global Fest)
– Yama no Oto
– Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre
– Azeri Calgary Stars
1:00pmRacing ResumesAsian Ethnic Dance
– Maharlika Diva’s Dance group Philippines
Thai Dance
– Thai Culture Club
Chinese Folk Dance
– Shanghai Jiang Zhe Association
1:30pmMulti-Cultural Performances (Global Fest)
– Yama no Oto
– Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre
– Azeri Calgary Stars
2:30pmWushu Performance
by Calgary Tai Chi and Martial Arts College
3:00pmRacing completed for the day.
3:30pmDragon Boat Awards Presentation
– Chinese Lion Dance
– Race Cup & Metal Presentations
– Dragon Boat Racing Closing Remarks
6:00pmDragon Marketplace – CLOSES
6:00pmFestival Site ClosesLast Shuttle Bus Run from Festival Site.

Kindly be aware that the event schedule is subject to unforeseen changes. Rest assured, the provided schedule represents the official timetable of the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival, and the information on this page is the most current and accurate schedule provided by the Calgary Dragon Boat Society.

See entire Festival Schedule…