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March 10, 2017

Win the race to fitness with Dragon Zone Paddling Club

Competitive paddlers who join one of the Dragon Zone Paddling Club’s Team programs, enjoy a host of benefits for just $20 per padding session, including:

  • Access to the Dragon Zone boathouse on False Creek
  • Equipment rental for eight weeks
  • Coaching
  • Team t-shirt
  • Opportunity to race in Dragon Boat BC’s 500M Regatta, June 10 and 11, 2017
  • Entry in the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, June 23-25, 2017

Paddle year-round for just 68¢ per practice session

Find out how affordable dragon boating can be with a year-round membership to Dragon Zone Paddling Club. Membership includes access to the club’s False Creek boathouse and all paddling equipment from dragon boats and paddles to personal flotation devices and bottled water.

  • Each member of a 20-person team, practicing once a week for six months, pays just $2.60 per on-the-water practice.
  • The cost per session goes down when practice sessions go up. Members of a 20-person team practicing three times a week year-round pay just 68¢ per session. Inexpensive, friendly fun!


For more information or to join the Dragon Zone Paddling Club, contact info@dragonboatbc.ca.

Creekside Docks

February 28, 2017

Disappointment expressed at loss of funds intended for paddling community 

TO: Catarina Gomes
Vancouver Park Board

Dear Catarina:

We were disappointed to learn that the Vancouver Park Board plans to use remaining funds that were originally earmarked by City Council for a non-motorized boating facility in False Creek, for other “marine” purposes. These funds include a $1,000,000 donation that was donated specifically in support of a new boathouse for dragon boat and other paddlers.  It is unfortunate that when the decision by the present Mayor and Council was made to support paddlers in Vancouver, no one from the Park Board was present. If a Park Board representative had been present, you would know that the intent of that additional sentence to the motion was meant to direct staff to include paddling and rowing sport organizations in future discussions. It is unfortunate that until the funds were on the horizon, the Park Board was not interested in supporting the paddling community’s plans.

Fortunately, there were over 120 supporters present at the public hearing, all of whom put their name forward to speak in support of a permanent home for dragon boat and other flatwater racing and paddling in False Creek. These and others will be extremely disappointed to learn that present elected Park Board Commissioners have decided that they would rather use the remaining CAC funds for other non-specific uses.  Our organization does not blame the Park Board staff. Either the elected commissioners are instructing staff to proceed in this direction, or they are not giving any direction at all, and staff are forced to work in a vacuum, hoping to do the right thing.

I suspect you will be hearing a lot more from the paddling community in the near future. The paddling community is made up of many informed voters and we will be reminding them of this Park Board’s specific action in 2018.


Ann Phelps
General Manager
Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society Creekside Docks


February 17, 2017

Barrier Free Canada Cup Race to kick off 2017 festival 

Last year, the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival began with an exciting race between breast and prostate cancer survivor dragon boat teams. The Friday afternoon Breasts / Butts in a Boat Race was a great start to the 2016 festival.

CPVDBF organizers plan to host the race again this year, highlighting disabled paddlers and teams with a Barrier Free Canada Cup Race. The event is currently being considered for funding as part of the Barrier Buster Awareness Event, which recognizes accessibility infrastructure improvements, and is supported by the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Canadian federal government.

The Barrier Free Canada Cup Race will be competitive, possibly combining 200m and 500m races or one 2,000m race with the best overall time winning the Cup. This event helps raise awareness of ability and the need for removing barriers so all Canadians can participate equally.

Please email David Brun, Para Dragon Boat Paddling Programs, at davidbrun@dragonboatbc.ca with your feedback on how the races could be structured or if you would like to volunteer to help organize this fun, competitive event.

Eye of the Dragon 2000m Gold Medal IDBF World Championship Ravenna Italy 2014 IMG_0737
Eye of the Dragon team wins the Gold Medal in the 2,000m Adaptive (Para Dragon) Partially Sighted Racing Division at the 2014 IDBF Club Crew World Championships in Ravenna, Italy. Teams raced with a minimum 10 partially sighted paddlers and a maximum of 10 sighted paddlers; the steersperson and drummer are sighted. Dragon Boat BC’s David Brun is next to Parker, his guide dog.

January 16, 2017

Colour and Patterns to Mix in Iconic Poster

London artists Katie and Paul Morris were selling their colourful art screen prints, T-shirts and silk scarves on Granville Island, when Ann Phelps, general manager for the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, spotted their vibrant designs.

She quickly signed the talented artistic duo to create a new poster for the 2017 festival. “It was exciting to see existing artwork that I thought is exactly the style I want to see for the festival this year.”  She adds that the designs are as striking in black and white as they are in colour.  

While living in London, Katie and Paul focused on creating hand-screened printed textiles for fashion designers. After moving to Vancouver in 2011, the pair were inspired by the city’s blend of urban and natural beauty. At markets around Vancouver, they began selling sweatshirts and T-shirts that blend brilliant colours, bold shapes and iconic artistry influenced by their West Coast surroundings.

“When we moved to a new place, we looked at it with fresh eyes and our prints are a translation of the patterns and colours we see around us,” Katie explains. “We aren’t too literal,” notes Paul, who laughingly adds, “I think I’m a cubist at heart.”

For the festival poster, Paul explains, “We’ll blend popular elements of our designs with dragon boat influences and images from around the False Creek area.” The two have completed a black and white outline and Katie will begin work next on colouring the design.

Ann is enthusiastic about the project. “I can’t wait to see their vision.” The finished poster design will be unveiled in February.

For more on KT & Paul print studio, visit http://www.ktandpaul.com/gallery.   

© 2017 Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society