Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

The Barrie Public Library is the proud host of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival! Held annually in beautiful Heritage Park, the festival brings teams together for a fun-filled day of camaraderie and fundraising while racing dragon boats on Kempenfelt Bay. 

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival presented by Tim Hortons, is made possible by the support of our sponsors, volunteers, and community teams. Between 2003 and 2022, the festival has raised over 2 million dollars for more than 60 charities-- including the Barrie Public Library's Future Branches Campaign! 

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2023 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

Save The Date
We are excited to announce that the 19th annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023! 

Save Your Spot
Team Captains, please email to be added to the advanced registration alert. Registration for the festival officially opens Monday, January 9, 2023. More registration details to come! 

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Sign up to receive Paddles Up Barrie!, our exclusive e-newsletter! You’ll receive all festival updates straight to your inbox, as well as unique content written specifically for Dragon Boat enthusiasts!  

Summer Practice Season

The Barrie Public Library is excited to be working with community partner, Corporate Recess, to facilitate this summer’s practice season!  

Team practices can be a fun way to spend your summer, while getting some exercise out on gorgeous Kempenfelt Bay. Every Team’s practice needs are different, and it will be up to your Team Captain to discuss your practice schedule with you.  

Learn more about the Summer Practice Season.

Sponsorship & Community Partners

The Library is proud to work with an incredible group of sponsors and community partners through the Festival each year.  

We are currently seeking sponsors and community partners for the 2023 Festival taking place on Saturday, August 19, 2023.  

To start a conversation about opportunities with the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, please email or call 705-728-1010 ext. 2230. We would be happy to discuss options that align with your specific business needs!

Vendor Village

We are looking for interested local vendors for the 2023 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival!  

Contact us today to see if your business is the right fit for the festival: 
705-728-1010 ext. 2230 

Registration Details

Working together to paddle as a unit takes a great deal of collaboration, making Dragon Boating a great team-building activity. It is no wonder that the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival attracts so many workplaces, charities, and groups of friends, year after year!   

Plans are well underway for the 19th annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. We look forward to welcoming back new and returning teams. Teams are often looking for individual paddlers to join them, so there is no reason to miss out. 

Contact to discuss putting together a team today!  

Complete registration details to come; registration opens January 9. 

Volunteer at the Festival

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival offers a variety of opportunities for individuals to get involved! We have many positions spanning over the festival weekend and welcome all applications from interested individuals who are 14 years of age or older. Students are welcome to apply, and community involvement hours can be credited.

Email for more information about volunteering.