National Dragon Boat - July 4 - 6

A showcase of unity.  Paddler and water.  Drummer and paddlers.  22 athletes in all, working in perfected precision as they charge down Welland’s Waterway as one! Plunging blades to the intense beating of the dragon boat drum, surging the boat forward toward the finish line.  There is an immeasurable passion encapsulated in each boat, a palpable dedication and spirit, each crew with a national title within their grasps. The best dragon boat crews of the nation will leave it all on the water this summer in Welland.

2014 National Dragon Boat Championships taking place July 4-6, 2014 is the highlight of the flatwater season with nearly 2,000 athletes from across Canada coming to Welland to compete in hopes of being named a National Champion.  Discover and partake in this ancient Chinese cultural tradition hosted right here on Welland’s Waterway.  While watching race action, you will also be able to wander about the Shoreline Festival; an exhibition of food, music and merchants.  Sip wine, enjoy the sights and sounds.  Catch the roar!!  We encourage all to come out and cheer on crews from coast to coast as they compete to capture the title of National Champion. These Championships will give revellers a hint of the excitement to come as the sport of Dragon Boat delivers the World again to the shores of the Welland International Flatwater Centre as athletes from around the globe come to  compete in the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in August 2015. Come celebrate this amazing event with us; marvel at the fierce competition, absorb the tradition, and help us welcome the athletes to the waterway.

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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to Present Gold Medals at the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

Aug 21st, 2015

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, will be in attendance in the afternoon of Saturday, August 22 , at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course for the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Her Honour will present gold medals to members of the winning team.


  • “Dragon Boat Canada is looking forward to our continued working partnership with the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation and we only expect the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships to flourish in years to come.The Welland International Flatwater Centre is a great asset to the dragon boat community and Dragon Boat Canada is excited to call the Welland International Flatwater Centre home for upcoming Championships”
    Chloe Greenhalgh, Executive Director of Dragon Boat Canada.

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