Welcome To Our Dragon Boat Family!

Join us at The Dream Factory River City Dragon Boat Festival, Presented by FIRMA Foreign Exchange as we raise funds to make dreams come true for Manitoba kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. The festival takes place on June 7th & 8th, 2019 at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Club on 80 Churchill Dr. in Winnipeg (MAP). Friday racing starts at 6:30 PM, so you don't have to take time off work. Racing starts on Saturday at 10:30 AM. We promise you fun and safe paddling and a family friendly event.

Online Registration is under way! With our quick and easy registration process, you can sign your team up for the festival and have your fundraising page set up and ready to go! Please note, that to register your team online, a credit card is required. If you prefer to pay registration by cheque, please phone 204-989-4010, or e-mail: dave@thedreamfactory.ca to make arrangements. Thanks!

Team Requirements:

  • Maximum of twenty five (25) Crew Members on Team Roster
  • Maximum of 20 paddlers in boat, plus a drummer and steersperson (we will provide one for you free of charge, if needed)
  • Minimum of 16 paddlers in boat, plus a drummer and steersperson 
  • 1 Team Captain should be selected
  • 1 Team Fundraising Coordinator (suggested)
  • Mixed Divisions Must have a minimum of 8 males and 8 females
  • Minimum age of requirement is 14 years of age (written consent and waiver must be signed by parent or legal guardian)

Team Categories:

Mixed Recreational: A team with a minimum of 8 paddlers of each gender on board, that practice only for the festival (2-4 sessions). Max 25 paddlers on the team, 20 paddlers in the boat, plus a drummer and steerer.

Corporate: A “mixed” team that practices only for the festival, and wishes to race other corporate teams.

All Female: A female team. Could have a male steerer, if need be.

Club Team: A team set up specifically to compete in dragon boat festivals, and typically practice at least once a week throughout the season.

Competitive Team: A team that practices more than once  a week, trains year ‘round, and may race nationally and internationally.

Team Registration Fee (by May 1st)- $950
It is suggeted that teams raise a minimum of $2,500, or $150/paddler to help make a dream come true for a Manitoba kid facing the fight of their life.

Team Registration Fee (after May 1st)- $1100
It is suggested that these teams  raise a minimum of $2,500, or $150/paddler to help make a dream come true for a Manitoba kid facing the fight of their life.

*** All Registration Fees will be used to offset the costs of the festival ***
****ALL Pledges are used to to make a dream come true for Manitoba kids who are bravely battling life-threatening illnesses****

Registration Fee Includes:

Dragon Boat Use

  • Equipped with a Dragon Head (for race heats only)
  • Drum/Drumstick (not used during practices)
  • Paddles and Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) Provided

Practice Sessions

  • Take place at the MB Canoe & Kayak Centre, weekday evenings in May
  • 2 Practices with an experienced coach (NO previous dragon boat experience required)
  • Rules and Regulations of Festival
  • Information and support for fundraising
  • You might get wet! Wear clothing and shoes  that are okay to get wet. There is a changing room available.


(Friday & Saturday, June 7th & 8th (Friday is 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Saturday is 10:30 – 6:30 PM))

  • Festival held at 80 Churchill Dr.
  • Safety boats and personnel onsite
  • Each team gets 3 race heats, weather permitting
  • Awards for Top Fundraising Teams and Individuals
  • Prizes awarded to division winners based on timed results
  • Rules of racing administered by trained race officials

Waiver Forms

Available online, on this site! A link will be sent to the Team Captain to be shared with all paddlers, once the Team is registered.

Refund Policy

  • No Refunds if the festival is cancelled due to weather condition.
  • Cancellation will be determined by the festival committee