Waterfest returns this Saturday to Cornwall Canal

August 8, 2018

Cornwall Waterfest

Cornwall Waterfest

One of Cornwall’s favourite summer events returns this Saturday to the Cornwall Canal.

Cornwall Waterfest is back with a full day of festivities, including food, live entertainment and, of course, dragon boats. It’s all in support of a good cause – Hospice Cornwall.

This year’s event will feature 22 teams paddling on the historic Canal, including several teams from outside of Cornwall. The event runs from 8 am to 5 pm at the Cornwall Canal in the area of Power Dam Drive and Second Street West.

“Our registration has almost tripled from last year,” said Lea Emard, one of the event organizers. “We’re expecting upwards of 500 participants along with many more spectators.”

The teams will be racing dragon boats on the 250-metre course for a number of different awards in community, sport/competitive and women’s divisions as well as fastest time of the day.

The ancient vessels are steered up the canal by teams of paddlers working in rhythm with each other and a drummer at the bow. It’s an amazing sight for spectators and a unique experience for participants as well.

It won’t be the only sight for spectators to enjoy. In addition to the dragon boat races, there will also be live entertainment, food and artisan vendors, demonstrations and much more to enjoy.

The full schedule is as follows:

Entertainment on Stage
10 am The Rhythm Room Drum Workshop
10:30 am Dean Cousins
11 am Subtle
12 pm Girl Talk
12:30 pm Flowdroidz & BCDC Dance Group until 2:30 pm

Blue Moose Soap
Vickies 31 Bags
Cluttered Attic
Bath Intentions
Elegance in Wood
Mike’s Printing
Carolyn Pottie
Chum Creations Mosaic
Dragonfly Within Me
Caterpillar Feet
Aggressively Positive Cards
Face painting from www.facestopaint.ca

Live Demonstrations
10 am Tia Chi Demonstration
11 am Tia Chi Demonstration
1 pm SDG Taekwondo Demonstration
3 pm The Rhythm Room Drum Workshop

Food Vendors
Marrow and Spice
Stomping Grounds
Weenies on Wheels

At the end of the day, spectators and paddlers can sit down and enjoy a meal amongst friends at Shoeless Joe’s on Brookdale Avenue. Tell the staff that you are with “Waterfest” and 10% of the food sales will go towards the 2109 Cornwall Waterfest Dragon Boat Races!

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Stay with Us!

Planning to explore Cornwall? Extend your stay at one of our many great accommodations! For a listing of local accommodations, click here.

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at info@staging.banfield.agency to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum (160 Water Street West) in Lamoureux Park.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie