Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Dragon Boats

In 2019, the Ice Dragon Boat Race returned to Winterlude again on Dow's Lake. I was down on a sunny day during the weekend it was held and found one of the heats being prepped for the various teams that take part in this bit of fun lunacy.

As is the case with the summer version, there's someone sitting in front of the boats, with a team of rowers (well, using sticks instead of oars). At back is the last crew member steering the whole thing. The summer version of the races is well established in Ottawa, and the winter version has become a popular addition to Winterlude.

And they were off, the rowers using their sticks to propel the boats, mounted on skate apparatuses, across the ice.

I headed down the ice.

At the far end the boats are turned around and the next set of teams are called in for the next heat of the races.


  1. An exciting day. I'm guessing it's like dragon boat racing on water but on ice.

  2. An unusual style of rowing...­čśä­čśä

  3. That looks like super hard work yet at the same time so much fun.

  4. I've seen some crazy things in my time, but boat racing on ice must be up there near the top of the pile!

  5. It is a beautiful colorful sight.
    It reminds me of the (much smaller) prick sled I had as a kid.

  6. What a fun event! Great series of photos.
    Take care, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

  7. There’s a way to enjoy a winter day!

  8. @Amy: it's harder than the summer version.

    @Italiafinlandia: very unusual.

    @Gemel: definitely.

    @John: very crazy.

    @Jan: I can see that.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marie: indeed.

  9. That must be hard on the arms. It looks like a very cold day.

  10. What fun with the awesome dragon boats ~

    Wishing you laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Buenos deportes de invierno. Hay muy buena participaci├│n.

  12. Great captures and must have been a whole lot of fun to see.

  13. Those look so exciting. And loads of fun to watch!

  14. @Magiceye: thanks.

    @RedPat: very hard.

    @Carol: very much so.

    @Bill: it was.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Denise: definitely.

    @Jeanie: that it was.

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    1. Fast enough. One would have trouble keeping up with them on foot.

  16. Dragon boats under blue skies, they look wonderful:)