2023 Dragonboat Festival

What’s New This Year


In partnership with the Kamloops Sports Council, the Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival Society invites you to join us on the water on August 12, 2023, at Riverside Park. The festival will include racing on the river, going under a bridge, paddling in three 500-metre races and participating in a Guts and Glory race!

On the east side of the park, there will be a grassy, shaded paddlers’ village. The area will be sectioned off and available for team’s tents. With new updates recently done by the City of Kamloops, these added amenities include a new beach walkway.

If needed or desired, the Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival can provide steersmen for teams that do not have experience paddling in a river, as well as practice session opportunities in the afternoon on Friday, August 11th. Please note that there will be no additional fee to any team for these options.

Race Course:

An aerial map can be seen of the race course, it will be on the Thompson River, running downstream from east to west.  Teams are reminded that the course will be subject to variations due to the current and depth of the river. 

Paddlers Village:

A map view can be seen of the paddle’s village, it will be on the east side of Riverside Park. The area will be sectioned off, for team tents.















Register Now Closed!

Registration for the 2023 Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival is now closed. We are looking forward to seeing you all on August 12th and if you missed out this year, check back next year to participate!

2023 Kamloops Dragon Boat Results

Here are the results for the 2023 Dragon Boat Festival!

Hope everyone enjoyed and see you next year!


Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival Store


Check out the new Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival store for fun swag, equipment, and mementos!

All orders must be placed by August 10th, 2023, and can be picked up at the Overtime Apparel Tent at Riverside Park on the day of the event. 

To check out the store, visit:



2023 Kamloops Ribfest


Ribfest, a beer garden and Music in the Park will also return this year. On August 11 – August 13, Kamloops Daybreak Rotatory Ribfest will take place. Entertainment for all members of your family, stage performances, a raffle and delicious ribs will make the day unforgettable. There is something for everyone!

Please use the following links to learn more about these events: 



Hot Nite in the City Car Show and Shine


6 city blocks in Downtown Kamloops, BC are closed off to allow Street Rods, Custom, American Muscle, Sport-Compact, Tuners, British, European, Asian, Collector, Vintage, Motorcycles, Race, Competition Vehicles, and Big Rigs, to join us on the streets with live music and vendors! 

For more information about the event, follow the link below:




This year, the Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival is excited to partner with the Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre located on Victoria Street right beside an in-house favorite, The Noble Pig restaurant! The Thompson Hotel is our preferred hotel location if you are looking to spend the night. For participants looking to book in our block booking with the preferred rate, please call the front desk at 888-374-8999 or email reserve@thompsonhotel.ca referencing Dragonboat Festival Participants or group booking #2766. The block release date is July 27th and only limited rooms are available!

Visit their website here: https://www.thompsonhotel.ca/



Contact Us


In-person customer support – 1550 Island Pkwy Unit 101
Phone – (250) 828-3822
Email – vbunce@kamloopssportscouncil.com