Our Guide for Visitors, is a good place to get started if you plan on attending the Royal St. John's Regatta. It includes the race schedule, a parking guide and a guide to help you find a particular concessionaire around Quidi Vidi Lake. Have fun, and enjoy the races!
For almost 200 years the Royal St. John's Regatta has been held at Quidi Vidi Lake in the heart of the east end of St. John's, Newfoundland.
This event is held on the first Wednesday in August - weather permitting - with the decision made early that morning (if not it proceeds the next day).
The day is a civic holiday for the entire St. John's area and is a full day of Fixed Seat Rowing Races. Our fixed seat rowing shells are unique - being six person + coxswain and our races start and finish at the same spot - requiring all the crews to "turn the buoys" at the halfway point of the race. A crew can be 6 men or 6 women + coxswain and range in age from 13 to senior citizens.
The shores of beautiful and historic Quidi Vidi Lake are encircled by booths and concessions offering all visitors fun, food and games of chance. Throughout the day the crowds can reach as high as 30-40 thousand people as the citizens of St. John's and all our visitors enjoy a "Day at the Races".
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