Waterfest returns to Cornwall Canal

August 4, 2019

Cornwall Waterfest

Cornwall Waterfest

One of Cornwall’s biggest summer parties is back for another year of fun and excitement.

Cornwall Waterfest returns on Saturday, August 10th to the historic Cornwall Canal in the city’s west end.

The main feature of the event is the popular dragon boat races. 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.

“It’s a fun day for the participants and the spectators alike,” said Lea Emard, Waterfest Committee Chair. “It’s the only festival that has access to the historic canal so it’s special to see it being used and drawing people to our waterfront.”

This year’s races will begin at 9 am and there will be a mix of recreational and competitive teams, including some from Ottawa.

To add to the festival experience, the dragon boat races are complemented by food and artisan vendors and live entertainment throughout the day.

“Paddlers and spectators can refuel with a delicious snack from a food vendor or pick up a unique souvenir from an artisan vendor,” Mrs. Emard said. “The live entertainment keeps everyone energized throughout the day. It’s free for spectators to attend.”

Live entertainment

Performers on the Waterfest Stage this year include:

11 am – Subtle
12 pm – BCDC Dance
12:30 pm – Girl Talk
1 pm – Kevin Rivette
2 pm – The Rhythm Room Interactive Drum Workshop
3 pm – Camil Lapointe Acoustic

Great food

Some of the food vendors at this year’s Waterfest include Thai Khmer Cuisine, Nav Canada and The Stomping Grounds!


Waterfest is staged at the historic Cornwall Canal, at Power Dam Drive and Second Street West in Cornwall. There is ample parking in the area.

About Cornwall Waterfest

Held on the second weekend of August, Cornwall Waterfest is a highlight of the summer events in Cornwall. Fun and friendly competition is encouraged for those teams entering the Community Division, where many people try out this electrifying sport for the first time or strive to improve their technique. For those teams looking for more of a challenge, the Sport Division never fails to provide breath-taking excitement and nail-biting finishes.

In conjunction to the popular dragon boat races, there is a unique market featuring local artisans displaying their wares. Delicious food and drink is served on site. To keep the crowd energized, the Waterfest stage features a variety of homegrown entertainment.

For more information on Waterfest, check out their website or Facebook page.

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!

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Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at info@cornwalltourism.com to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our seasonal Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum in Lamoureux Park. The Museum is located at 160 Water Street West, just steps away from the children’s splashpad and play structure. Free parking is available immediately north of the Museum along Water Street.

The seasonal Visitor Information Centre is open seven days a week (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) through the summer months.

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Article by Kevin Lajoie