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2017 Dragon Boat Festivals

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Dragon Boat Festivals offer something for everyone, with four 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.  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.

  • River City Dragon Boat Festival

    The Canadian Cancer Society, together with the Manitoba Paddling Association, presents the 2017 Canadian Cancer Society River City Dragon Boat Festival on June 2 & 3, 2017 at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Club at 80 Churchill Drive in Winnipeg. Please note that this is a venue change, as the event was originally to be located at the Manitoba Water Ski Park. 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 2 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 16 years now, with our Manitoba paddlers raising nearly 4 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 $950

    For more info or to register, go to: River City Dragon Boat Festival or contact Dave McKnight dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

  • Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge

    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 4, 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.

    To register your team for fundraising, click on: Register your team for FUNdraising or please contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

    To register your team to paddle at the festival, click on: Register your team to race here   

  • Canada Day Dragon Boat Festival (Portage la Prairie)

    The Canadian Cancer Society together with Stride Place (formerly the PCU Centre) and the Manitoba Paddling Association, once again bring 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 Saturday July 1, 2017 at Stride Place from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration fee $400. The 500-metre 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 or co-workers 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. The top 8 fundraising teams will be recognized in a special feature race.

    To register or for more information, click here: Register your team, or contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

  • September Dragon Boat Challenge

    The 2017 Canadian Cancer Society September Dragon Boat Challenge will take place September 8th & 9th, 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 an innovative, fun and safe oval race 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 5:00 PM. Team registration is $400.

    To register, or for more information, click here: Register your team or contact Dave McKnight at dmcknight@mb.cancer.ca or 204-788-4547.

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