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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Banff Dragon Boat Festival

Banff's third annual Dragon Boat Festival takes place August 14th and 15th on Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. This is an incredible event that showcases over 600 paddlers, drummers and coaches racing across Lake Minnewanka in hopes of being the first to cross the finish line. I participated in the first Dragon Boat Festival in Banff and it was amazing; the camaraderie between teams and the feeling of accomplishment was awesome!



There is a free shuttle from the town of Banff to the Lake, so you are able to come up for a few hours, watch the races and enjoy the scenery and then head back to town without worrying about parking.

Folk tradition says that the origins of dragon boating began when a Chinese folk hero (Qu Yuan) threw himself into a river to protest against the corrupt government. Once his followers heard this, they went to the river hoping to save him. They were unsuccessful, but used their paddles to splash the water and beat their drums to scare away the fish from eating Qu Yuan's body.

This is a great event that takes place in Banff National Park and I highly recommend you checking it out. There is also a sidewalk sale in downtown Banff on the same weekend should you want to do some shopping after watching the races~

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Corporate retreat, meeting and conference facilities at the Banff Aspen Lodge in the Canadian Rockies
 
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