Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

Barrie Dragon Boat Festival presented by Tim Hortons logoThe 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 partners and 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!   

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 at Heritage Park! Races will take place on Barrie's Kempenfelt Bay!

Save Your Spot
Registration is open for the 2023 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and spaces are limited! If you're interested in registering or joining a Team, get started here or email to learn more. 

Stay Up-to-Date
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!  

Photo Credit: Brace, Volunteer 2022

Summer Practice Season

Barrie Public Library is excited to be working with community partner, Corporate Recess, to facilitate this summer’s practice season!  Team practices are a fun way to spend your summer, while getting some exercise out on Kempenfelt Bay. 

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.  

To start a conversation about sponsorship 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!

Community Vendors

We have limited spots available for local vendors that have a primary focus on Health & Wellness!  

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. 

Click here to learn more about team and paddler registration.

Photo Credit: A. Kathirgamathamby, Volunteer 2022

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 applications from interested individuals who are 14 years of age or older. Students are welcome to apply, and community involvement hours can be credited.

For specific information on available opportunities, click HERE

Got questions? Email for more information.


All applicants will need to complete a 2023 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival Volunteer Waiver

Contact us!

For general event, Registration and Sponsorship inquiries, please contact Event Staff:


Phone: 705-728-1010 ext. 2230

For all media inquiries, please contact:


Phone: 705-818-1296