Winterlude’s BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival goes virtual this year due to pandemic


The virtual edition of the BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival will be taking place from February 5-21, 2021 as an official partner of the 43rd edition of Winterlude. The festival has announced its 2021 extensive programming that can be accessed at

That’s right, the BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival goes virtual for 2021, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. One of the highights of WInterlude each year the virtual edition of the festival allows you to access to all the exciting programming in the comfort and warmth of your living room, kitchen, or home office.

Be sure to check throughout Winterlude to catch all of the performances, exhibitions and more without ever having to change out of your PJs.

For those of you that want to feel a little bite from that winter-air chill, register for Shiver ‘n Giver, a brand new virtual challenge, where participants can skate, ski, snowshoe, walk or run to complete 21k over the course of Winterlude 2021.

BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival Virtual Edition Announces 2021 Lineup (CNW Group/Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival)

To warm things up, the festival presents an eclectic array of performances from great Canadian acts: Moonfruits, the Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada, Melo Griffith, Silent Winters, Taming Sari, Amanda Rheaume, and DJ Shub.

This year the festival looks to not only engage your ears, but also your eyes with a pair of Visual Arts presentations. One comes to us from the woodshop of pilot turned artist, Bill Geno, of Pilot Projects Woodworking and a multi-artist series dubbed, “We’re All in the Same Boat” which will deliver a piece from each of the four very different artistic stylings of Corinne Blouin, Emilie Darlington, Jimmy Baptiste, and Nick Glynn.

The BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival invites everyone to stay safe, keep up your social distancing, and let us come to you this year so you can enjoy all the activities, concerts, and visual art presentations from the comfort of your home, wherever in the world that may be (or beyond, we’re looking at you Elon).

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