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2016 Dragon Boat Festivals

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Dragon Boat Festivals offer something for everyone, with five festivals organized throughout the year. Three of them present a fantastic opportunity for fun, entertainment, and racing in the great outdoors. Another has school paddlers participating in one of the largest organized school activities in the province. Another allows participants to "get their dragon boating on” in the dead of winter. In every case, all paddlers make a difference by raising critical funds for the fight against cancer.

 

The festivals are open to individuals, friends, companies, and organizations looking for a healthy way to team-build, have some fun, and enjoy a little friendly competition.


For more information, or to register for any of our events, contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

Canada Day Dragon Boat Festival (Portage la Prairie)

The Canadian Cancer Society together with the Manitoba Paddling Association is once again bringing dragon boat racing to Portage la Prairie for a Canada Day Festival that will have everyone cheering!

The one-day event will take place on Friday July 1, 2016 at the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration fee $350 before June 25th, 2016.

The 500-meter race will feature 11-person dragon boats, offering something for every paddler whether they’re experienced or first-timers. Paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided, so just bring your pledges and meet us at the dock.

It’s a great way for friends and family to get together, celebrate some national pride and raise important funds to fight cancer. Paddlers contribute to the fight against ALL cancers in Manitoba by gathering pledges. Registration fees will offset the cost of putting on the race, and the top 8 fundraising teams will be recognized in a special feature race.

 

For more information or to register visit our Canada Dragon Boat Website or contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

September Dragon Boat Challenge

The 2016 Canadian Cancer Society September Dragon Boat Challenge will take place September 9th & 10th, 2016 at the Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Centre in Winnipeg.

 

The September Challenge is a unique event that is a favourite amongst paddlers from the most novice to the expert! It not only features smaller 10 paddler dragon boats, but also incorporates a “U-turn” midway through the course. With just 10 paddlers and a drummer needed, it’s a race that allows families, friends and co-workers to get together for some fun and to raise funds for the cancer fight!

 

Teams can register a maximum of 15 members (10 paddlers, a drummer, a steerer and 3 spares). In order to participate in practices and races, each boat must have a minimum of 8 paddlers and a drummer (steerers provided if needed).

 

Racing starts at 6:00 PM on the Friday, and starts again at 9:00 AM on the Saturday, finishing at 6:00 PM.

 

Early Dragon registration for a team is $350 prior to Aug.1st, 2016.

 

For more information or to register contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

Indoor Dragon Boat Festival

The Canadian Cancer Society, together with the MB Paddling Association, presents the fourth annual Canadian Cancer Society Indoor Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, February 28th at Pan Am Pool. It’s a chance to brush up on dragon boat skills, have some laughs and lead your team to victory on the water – even if it is snowy outside! Paddlers also contribute to the fight against ALL cancers in Manitoba by gathering pledges. Top fundraising teams are featured in a special recognition race.

 

This fun-filled “tug of war” event gives participants a taste of summer with lots of splashing around and a festival atmosphere that helps us forget about Winnipeg’s winter weather. The festival follows a format that has been very popular in Europe, and features an innovative style of paddling (Check out this video to see how it works). Teams of eight paddlers compete in three classes- Male, Female and Mixed – and are grouped into recreational, competitive, club and youth categories.

 

It is one of the only events of its kind in Western Canada and many paddlers prefer it to outdoor festivals.

 

Early Dragon registration for a team of 8 - 10 paddlers is $350 before February 7th.

 

For more information or to register click here: Indoor Paddling Fun!

Long shot of boats in the water

Click here to register or for more info contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

 

River City Dragon Boat Festival

The Canadian Cancer Society, together with the Manitoba Paddling Association, presents the 2016 Canadian Cancer Society River City Dragon Boat Festival on June 3 & 4, 2016 at the Manitoba Water Ski Park on Lake Shirley in Winnipeg. It is a fantastic opportunity for fun, entertainment, racing, and most importantly, to support the cancer fight by gathering pledges! 

 

Our classic “Big Boat” Dragon Boat festival is open to everyone, from corporate to community teams, or ones made up of family and friends. Action starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, and again at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, finishing around 6:00 p.m.

 

Dragon boating is renowned for teaching and emphasizing the value of teamwork, and promotes a healthy, active lifestyle which is important in the prevention of cancer. For this reason, it is no coincidence that dragon boating is often synonymous with the cancer fight. By gathering pledges, paddlers become valued members of the cancer fighting team. In Manitoba, the Canadian Cancer Society has been involved in dragon boating for 15 years now, with our paddlers raising over 3.75 million dollars for the fight against cancer!

 

The top eight fundraising teams will be recognized in a special feature race!

 

Early Dragon registration for a team of 20 - 25 paddlers is $900 prior to May 7th, 2016

 

Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge

The Canadian Cancer Society, together with the Manitoba Paddling Association, presents the Canadian Cancer Society Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Manitoba Water Ski Park on Lake Shirley in Winnipeg.

 

Junior and senior high school students from all across the province join the fight against cancer in Manitoba by fundraising, paddling and racing for incentives and bragging rights, but most importantly, to make a difference in the fight against all cancers! The top eight fundraising teams will be recognized in a special feature race!

 

This festival is currently the largest school dragon boat festival in Western Canada, and encourages student philanthropy, teamwork and an active, healthy lifestyle.

 

For more info regarding fundraising, please contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

 

Team captains can register their team by clicking here to register. It's free to register your team to fundraise to support the fight against cancer.