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 “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
TBDCommunity Youth and Media
TBDCCCA Business Team
TBDCDBS Volunteer Squad
TBDGovernment and Community Team

Sinopec Dragon Boat Charity Race Program

Friday, August 11, 2023 (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!!!


@ 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)
7:00pmTeam Captains Meeting
@ Calgary Canoe Club
9:00pmFestival Site ClosesFestival Kickoff & Paddler’s Welcome Party – ENDS

Sinopec Charity Race Schedule
Sunday, August 13, 2023

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

updated: July 23, 2022

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

@ Beer Gardens (family-friendly) by Marda Loop Brewing Co.
10:15amCharity Race Teams Line up
@ Marshalling area
10:30amCharity Race Teams Line up
@ Marshalling area
11:00amSinopec 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
12:30pmMulti-cultural Performances
by Global Fest– TBA
1:00pmRacing Resumes
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
by Global Fest– TBA
6:00pmDragon Marketplace – CLOSES
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 schedule by the Calgary Dragon Boat Society.

See entire Festival Schedule…