Stratford hosts the fourth largest Dragon Boat festival in Ontario each year. This Festival has become a premier event in the Stratford community calendar and is attended not only by local residents but visitors from all around Southwestern Ontario. Over the course of the next five months 1000 + paddlers are preparing to descend on the waters of the Avon River to compete with over 40 teams from all over the province. The day on the water always encourages spectators to enjoy the Racing, Food Trucks, Kid’s Tent and entertainment at our Beer Tent. Last year we added our very successful Community Teams completion in support of Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice and we look forward to another year of this competition.
During the past 22 years, Rotary Stratford Dragon Boat Festival has raised over $800,000 in support of local community organizations and causes.