Vancouver’s Dragon Boat Festival is recognized as North America’s biggest and best! This year is 22nd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, a festival that attracts over 100,000 people and close to 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the globe. It’s also the first sign that summer is here, for Vancouver, this is a fitting way to usher in the summer.
Beginning on Friday night with the colourful Eye Dotting Ceremony, the festival will continue with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the World Beat Stage, fabulous food and shopping, and of course, dragon boat racing of the highest caliber.
There is no admission, it’s free to the general public, so head on down to False Creek (Concord Place, Creekside Park and near Science World are you best vantage points) and catch some spirited boating action. My only beef is that the city has this festival taking place the same day as the Car Free days.
Here is a map, click to enlarge: