Annual Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, September 23, 2017

About the Event

What is dragon boat racing?

This sport has a 2,500 year history in Asia where dragons were venerated as rulers of rivers, lakes, seas, clouds, mists and rains. Introduced to Canada during the Vancouver Expo in 1986, the sport has grown to be a favourite for participants and spectators. The crew for the contemporary dragon boat is typically 22. The 20 paddlers sit in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, one drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers, and one sweep (a steer-person) at the rear of the boat. While the race is short (250 metres), it is intense. The "art" of dragon boating is getting all the paddlers in synchronization and pulling deep, quick strokes.

About Heart Lake

Heart Lake Conservation Area takes its name from the spring-fed kettle lake, which is roughly shaped like a heart. Located within the Etobicoke Creek watershed, this park is a popular destination for residents of Peel Region, with more than five million visitors since it opened in 1957. The park is also very popular with anglers in the area as it is stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout each year.