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The Dream Factory is proud to partner with the Manitoba Paddling Association to host one of the dragon boating's biggest events: The Dream Factory September Dragon Boat Challenge! This festival is easily one of the most popular Dragon boat events on the prairies, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!

The festival is a fundraiser for The Dream Factory, a Winnipeg based charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for Manitoba kids who are battling life- threatening illnesses. We suggest that each team raises a minimum of $1,500.00 to help us to make dreams come true for kids who desperately need a break from hospitals, medical treatments and the very adult challenges that come with serious illness. All funds raised stay in Manitoba to help Manitoba kids.

This most FABULOUS and FUN of ALL dragon boat festivals takes place September 6th & 7th (Friday starts at 6:00 PM and Saturday at 9:00 AM, ending at 3:00 PM) at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Club, 80 Churchill Drive in Winnipeg (MAP)

The super fun and safe oval pursuit-style race course has something for everyone from first-time paddlers to the most experienced and with just 10 paddlers and a drummer needed (we'll supply the steersperson if needed), getting a team together has never been easier.

With instruction and race supervision by the Manitoba Paddling Association, safety is a top priority, and no previous experience is necessary. Paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided, so register your team and get ready for fun! Practice sessions start weekday evenings in early August.

The Top 8 Fundraising Teams are recognized in a special feature race, which is the highlight of the festival!

So, what are you waiting for? Get your team of 10 or so friends, family, and/or co-workers together and get ready for great fun while helping a great cause! All teams are guaranteed 3 races (weather permitting).

Grab your credit card and click on the “Sign up today” (top of the page) or “Register for this event” link (to the right) and register your team today! If you prefer to pay registration by cheque, please e-mail 

Whether you are a long-time dragon boater or have never paddled before - this festival is a great way to have fun and help us to make dreams come true for some very special kids!

Thank you for helping us bring dreams to life!

***all registration fees are used to cover the cost of the festival***

 ****All pledges and donations are used to fulfill dreams for manitoba kids battling life threatening illnesses****


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Meet our Dream Kids:

Meet Maia


Last April, Maia's family had their world come crashing down when Maia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at just 3 years old. Since then, Maia has undergone months of intensive weekly chemotherapy and has had to stay away from crowds and public areas. 

When deciding what her dream would be, Disney World was the obvious choice! At Disney, Maia will go to a special boutique to become Princess Elsa for a day, go on a Safari to the Animal Kingdom and see a cheetah in “real life,” meet all her favourite princesses and characters, and go on the “Dinosaur” ride. Everything she loves in her little world will become real to her.
Maia's family cannot WAIT to watch their little girl bask in the joys of life

Register a team to help Maia's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Logan


Logan is a typical 6 year old – bursting with enthusiasm, full of life and love. Except he is bravely fighting T Cell Lymphoma, a type of cancer. As you can see, he also really likes the giant teddy bear we have in the family room here at The Dream Factory!

Logan’s dream is to go to Disney World, and meet his favorite movie icon the 95 car, Monty “Lightning” McQueen.

At Disney World, Logan and his family will have much needed break from fighting cancer, and enjoy a few days where Logan can be a kid again!

Register a team to help Logan's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Makayla


Mikayla is a vivacious 4 yr. old, shown here telling a story and having a great time in the Family room at The Dream Factory. She is fighting Hepatoblastoma (a cancer of the liver). The dream that keeps her and her family going through this ordeal is a trip to Disney World, where she will attend the “Bibbity Bobbity Boutique”, for a princess makeover! Then as princess herself, she will meet with some of the Disney princesses like Anna, Ariel and Belle!

For Mikayla, and all kids that are fighting a life-threatening illness, having a dream gives them something to hang on to, something to look forward to. Because their doctors often consider the dream as part of their therapy, the dream gives them (and their family) a break from needles and tests, and treatments and other things “hospital” and will let her be a kid again for a few days.

Register a team to help Makayla's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Our Dream Families