As a forerunner to the fully integrated Wine Tourism business, a group of wineries and tourism operators saw the opportunity 25 years ago to develop a tourism event around the young wineries in existence at the time. The Annual event was originally focused on developing awareness of the wine industry among local Okanagan residents and to celebrate the harvest of grapes and pair fine Okanagan wines with food at a variety of culinary events.
The Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival has grown to be one of the most popular summer events in all of Canada. The festival presents exciting dragon boat races and inspiring teams combined with impressive community participation, live entertainment, delicious food and fun activities for all ages.
Truly a community event, the festival is funded locally and operated by volunteers. With an exciting array of free activities and entertainment, the festival attracts more than 15,000 children, parents, and grandparents every year.