HKETO Newsroom

June 16, 2024

HKETO supports 36th Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

The 36th Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, organised by Toronto Chinese Business Association and supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), welcomed teams from across Canada and around the world on June 15 and 16, attracting thousands of people to the Centre Island in Toronto to enjoy this annual event.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Festival, the Director of the HKETO, Ms Emily Mo, remarked that HKETO is proud to continue the support of the Festival. “Dragon boat race signifies the strong and close ties between Hong Kong and Canada,” said Ms Mo. “We brought this modernized water sport from Hong Kong to Canada.”

Ms Mo also shared with the audience that Hong Kong is blessed with a constant stream of exciting events this year. “Over 200 mega events is being held throughout 2024, spanning through cultural, arts, music, sports events, conventions and exhibitions on different sectors, as well as traditional festivals, celebrations, galas and carnivals,” Ms Mo added.  

Ms Mo encouraged Canadians to visit the events calendar of Hong Kong when planning their itinerary to travel to this Asian World City.  

On both days of the Festival, the HKETO set up a Hong Kong pavilion with mini-exhibition to showcase the history of dragon boating in Hong Kong. Giveaways were also distributed to the race spectators.

In addition, as one of the highlights of the Festival, the commemorative Hong Kong Cup, sponsored by the HKETO, was presented to one of the dragon boat race winning teams on June 16.

HKETO has been sponsoring dragon boat racing in different cities across Canada. The dragon boat festivals in Vancouver and Ottawa will be held from June 21 to 23 respectively.  

June 16, 2024