Everything you need to know about the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday

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Paddlers at the 2015 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, which returns to Del Crary Park in Peterborough on June 11, 2022 after a two-year absence due to the pandemic, raising funds for cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment breast at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. (Photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

The Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival returns to Del Crary Park on Saturday June 11 for the first time since the pandemic began.

Two days before the festival, participating individuals and teams raised over $121,000 of the festival’s $180,000 goal, with 100% of all pledges going to the Peterborough Regional Health Center Foundation for screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other cancers at the regional hospital level.

Everyone is welcome to attend the festival, cheer on the runners and participate in the day’s activities.

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Here is the schedule of events (times are subject to change):

  • 7:30 a.m. – The first shuttle leaves the Healthy Planet Arena
  • 8:00 a.m. – Awakening of the Dragon/Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00 a.m. – Start of the first race heats
  • 9:00 a.m. – Vendor Village Market opens
  • 9:30 a.m. – Opening of the Family Fun Zone
  • 10:40 a.m. – Mackenzie Cup Race (followed by the Flower Ceremony)
  • 11 a.m. – Thirsty Dragon Beer Garden opens
  • 12:10 p.m. – Start of the second race heats
  • 2:00 p.m. – Start of the divisional finals
  • 3:15 p.m. – Prize giving in the bleachers (race trophies and top individual fundraisers)
  • 4 p.m. – Draw at the marquee near the bleachers
  • 5:45 p.m. – Last shuttle leaves Del Crary Park

Here is a map of the festival site:

2022 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Sitemap

Modern Makers Market partners with the festival to offer the Vendor Village Market, a unique shopping and dining experience with over 40 vendors.

The Thirsty Dragon Beer Garden, hosted by Cameron’s Brewing and Rice Lake Hard Cider, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Family Fun Zone will feature activities and crafts to entertain the whole family. Family Fun Zone businesses and organizations include the Peterborough Ax Club, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Kawartha Gymnastics Club, Lavender and Play, Orangetheory Peterborough, Fancy Faces – Face Painting by Gab, B!ke – the Peterborough Community Bike Shop, Selfie Photo Booth, White Tiger Taekwondo and the Peterborough Canoe and Kayak Club.

You can also visit the Dragon Shop (just past the bleachers) to purchase team shirts, baseball caps, water bottles, hoodies, mystery bags and more.

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Of course, the highlight of the day are the Dragon Boat Races, which begin with the randomly ranked morning challenge from 9-10:30 a.m.

At 10:40 a.m., four teams of breast cancer survivors will compete for the McKenzie Cup.

This run will be followed at 10:50 a.m. by the Flower Ceremony, an annual tradition to both remember and honor those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.

Paddlers at the 2015 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival lay flowers in Little Lake, an annual tradition to remember and honor those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.  (Photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)
Paddlers at the 2015 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival lay flowers in Little Lake, an annual tradition to remember and honor those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. (Photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

The afternoon challenge, ranked by morning race times, will run from 12:10 p.m. to 1:40 p.m., followed by the Women’s Open Finals from 2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., the Women’s and Junior Community Finals at 2:30 p.m. and the mixed final mixed community and mixed open from 2:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The awards ceremony, with race trophies and recognition of top individual fundraisers, takes place in the bleachers at 3:15 p.m.

Here is the full race schedule:

2022 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Race Schedule

If you plan to drive to the festival on Saturday, be aware that parking is limited around Del Crary Park and several roads around Del Crary Park will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Perry St. from the east side of George St. to the west side of Crescent St.
  • Lake St. from the east side of George St. to the west side of Crescent St.
  • rue Lock from the north side of rue Romaine to the south side of rue Crescent.
  • Rue Romaine from the east side of Lock Street to the west side of Crescent Street.
  • Crescent St. from the south side of Perry St. to the west side of Winch St.
  • Rink St. on the east side of George St at the entrance to Del Crary Park Marina.

Parking is available at the Simcoe Street Parking Garage, King Street Parking Lot, Rehill Lot on Wolfe Street and the Healthy Planet Arena.

From 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. a shuttle will run from Healthy Planet Arena to Del Crary Park, Del Crary Park to Simcoe Street Parking Garage, Simcoe Street Parking Garage to King Street Parking Lot , King Park Street Parking to Rehill Lot on Wolfe Street, Rehill Lot on Wolfe Street to Del Crary Park and Del Crary Park to Healthy Planet Arena.

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Here is a map of the parking locations and the shuttle route:

2022 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival Shuttle and Parking

Those coming to the festival by bike can park in the supervised bike parking near the Peterborough Art Gallery provided by B!ke – the Peterborough Community Bike Shop. Basic bike maintenance will also be available.

For more information on the 2022 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival and to donate, visit www.ptbodragonboat.ca.

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