Barrie Dragon Boat Festival sunk by COVID

This is the second year in a row the festival has been scrapped

The Barrie Public Library (BPL) has announced the cancellation of the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.

“Health and safety remain our top priority,” says Christopher Vanderkruys, the Library’s Director of Business and Development. “This is a large-scale event that relies heavily on in-person participation, so it will have to wait for a time where there is less risk on the wellbeing of our community. We look forward to the day everyone can come back to paddle in unison.”

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival has been hosted by the BPL since 2003 and is known as one of Barrie’s largest waterfront festivals, held on the fourth Saturday in August.

The festival hosts more than 50 teams from across the province, and has raised over $2 million for local charities, including supporting branching out initiatives at the library.

Staff are planning to celebrate the festival by naming August “Barrie Dragon Boat Festival Month” at the library. The community is invited to get involved and is encouraged to watch for future updates through the library’s social media accounts and barrielibrary.ca.