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Our team & our boat

The Lake Revelstoke Dragon Boat Society has one boat and one team, the Dam Survivors. Our team is for both men and women. The Dam Survivors practice in the evenings, twice a week all summer. We meet at the junction of the Trans Canada Highway and Highway 23 North and carpool to Martha Creek Provincial Campground, north of town.

Lake Revelstoke is the reservoir behind the Revelstoke Dam, which is one of four dams in British Columbia that regulate the flow of the Columbia River. It is a 130 km long lake, in a northwest to southeast trending valley, between the Monashee and Selkirk Ranges of the Columbia Mountains. The lake is 125 meters deep where we practice. Wind, big waves, and squally mountain weather are common. The reservoir is glacier-fed and icy cold, but in the heat of the summer the top 30 cm of the lake warms up enough for a refreshing swim.

 

Our dragon boat is a 12.5 m long “canoe” made by Simon River Sports in Quebec. It holds 20 paddlers sitting two abreast, plus one steersman standing at the rear, and the drummer on the seat at the front. For ceremonies and races we add the dragon’s head and tail to the boat.

Specs for the dragonboat are:

Practices often include running a race, or crossing the reservoir. The first and second of these two Google maps show our usual 500 metre practice routes, north and south of the campground.

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Across the reservoir to the small bay is 850 metres.

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