Event Details

Experience the fun of dragon boating with a team in a supervised and safe environment with False Creek Racing Canoe Club. This event is beginner-friendly, no experience required!

We ask our allies to please let BIPOC folks register for this event. Thank you!

Date: Sunday, May 1

Location: Meet near the tennis courts/dock in Alder Bay – 1318 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

Lesson Time: 8:30am-10:30am, please arrive at least 15min before the session starts so that we can begin promptly!


  • 19 years or older
  • Participants must be double vaccinated due to the close proximity to each other within the boat. Vaccine passports will be checked before the event
  • No experience or minimal experience dragon boating

For those that are driving, parking is free on Granville Island until 11am. This location is accessible by bus/transit as well. There are also changerooms, showers and washrooms, if needed, that open at 9am in the False Creek Community Centre. You are welcome to stick around Granville Island after the event (you’ll need to pay for parking, if applicable) as there are lots of neat shops and delicious coffee and food options!

This session will run for approximately 2 hours. The dragon boat experience is often a great way to develop and support team work. Participants will be provided with PFDs and paddles. There will be access to a steersperson and coach who will review basic safety and paddling skills.

Dragon boats hold 20 paddlers, 1 steersperson and 1 drummer/coach. The session usually consists of preparation time on land and a warm-up followed by paddling on the water.

The registration cost includes the use of a paddle and lifejacket for the duration of the session as well as the use of the dragon boat and an experienced steersperson and drummer/coach!

What to wear/bring:

  • shoes or sandals that are okay to get wet – you’ll be wearing these in the boat
  • wear fast drying/moisture wicking layers, avoid cotton clothing as you will get wet
  • waterproof outer shells/pants could be good
  • sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen if it’s sunny
  • water bottle
  • Optional – dry bag that you can store under your dragon boat seat to keep your belongings/valuables (car keys, wallet, etc.) dry!

Please check the weather before the event and dress accordingly! Programs run rain or shine and will only be rescheduled based on potentially dangerous wind or weather conditions.

A waiver will be emailed to participants a few days before the event. Please check your email and spam folder. If you don’t hear from [email protected] by April 29th, please reach out to us.

Please note: each participant will be responsible for getting to this event. This location is accessible by bus. Please plan accordingly so you arrive before the event start time. You can also organize carpooling through our Private Facebook Group. If you are carpooling with someone, please make sure to chip in for gas/parking.

We acknowledge that this event will take place on the on the unceded territory and traditional waters of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Colour the Trails is committed to creating a welcoming space for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. Organizers and participants will introduce ourselves using our preferred pronouns at the start of the event to ensure participants are all feeling welcome and seen. Please ensure that you use other participants’ preferred pronouns. Thank you in advance for making CTT a welcoming community!


You must be fully vaccinated (two doses) for this event.

If you are feeling any flu-like symptoms or symptoms associated to COVID-19, have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days, have been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or have been told to isolate by Public Health before the event, please let us know and stay home . Thank you!


Photo & Video Release Consent:

By purchasing a ticket you grant permission for Colour the Trails and sponsors to use any portion of the photos or videos from this event that have been taken by Colour the Trails videographers and photographers for the purpose of sharing experiences with the community and encouraging future participation in events which can include but is not limited to, print or digital versions, social media and websites without any more compensation or recognition given. Colour the Trails will not use the photographs in a manner that would exploit or cause malicious representation toward you.

Please contact [email protected] BEFORE the event if you do not want to be photographed or on video during an event.

May 1, 2022
8:30am-10:30am, arrive 15min before the lesson start

Granville Island

1318 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC
Meet near the tennis courts/dock in Alder Bay

Level: no experience required, beginner
Cost: $20 plus GST

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