Dear Friends of The Dream Factory,

The Dream Factory is home to four wonderful dragon boat festivals every year! We continue to be proudly partnered with the MB Paddling  Association to keep dragon boating a big part of Manitoba summers (and winters)! 

As you will notice, each festival is unique, safe and tons of fun! They are also fantastic opportunities for corporate team building, getting family or   friends together, or just making an excuse to spend some more time outside.
These festivals are so important to us because they will enable us to make even more Dreams come true for Manitoba kids this year! That’s more trips to Disney, more bedroom makeovers, more shopping sprees, and more hope and laughter during some incredible difficult times. But we need    your help to do it! *

We’re asking our friends and supporters to consider grabbing a paddle this summer (or winter) and help make more dreams come true for kids with life-threatening illnesses across our province.

Never paddled before? Don’t worry! Two practice sessions (with an experienced coach) and all necessary equipment are included with your registration. All you have to do is get your team together, register and we'll help with the rest!

All registration fees cover the cost of the festivals, all donations and pledges gathered are used make more Dreams Come True. All money raised stays in Manitoba.


Dragon Boats on Ice? Absolutely!

The Dream Factory is proud to partner with the MB Paddling Association to host one of Canada's most unique winter events! Dragon boating is one of Winnipeg's most popular summer events, so we are thrilled to "unleash the dragons" on the frozen water this February!

Get your team of 10- 12 together and get ready for a day of winter fun and dragon boat racing like you have never experienced before! This event is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience!

This festival is a slick and super cool way to help us to make dreams come true for Manitoba kids who are fighting a life-threatening illness.

For more festival info, click the link to the left!

RIVER CITY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Presented By FIRMA Foreign Exchange - JUNE 7th & 8th, 2019

The Dream Factory, together with the Manitoba Paddling Association, are proud to bring you The Dream Factory River City Dragon Boat Festival Presented By FIRMA Foreign Exchange on June 7&8, 2019 at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Club at 80 Churchill Drive in Winnipeg. The festival is a fantastic opportunity for fun, entertainment, racing, and most importantly, to help us to Make more Dreams Come True!

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 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and   again at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, finishing around 6:30 p.m.

Teams can register a maximum of 25 members (20 paddlers, a drummer, a steerer and 3    spares). In order to participate in practices and races, each boat must have a minimum of  16 paddlers and a drummer (steerers provided if needed).Early Dragon registration ('till May 1st) for a team of 20 -25 paddlers is $950

Online registration now open! To register, or for more festival info, click on the link to the   left!



The Dream Factory, together with the Manitoba Paddling Association, are proud to bring you The Dream Factory Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge, Presented By FIRMA Foreign Exchange on Sunday June 9. Junior and senior high school students from all across the province join to Make Dreams Come True by fundraising, paddling and racing for incentives and bragging rights!

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

Online registration now open! To register, or for more festival info, click on the link to the   left!

Please note, that registration on this site for the School Dragon Boat Festival is for FUNdraisiing. To register a team to paddle in the event, please go to: MB Paddling Association website .


The Dream Factory September Dragon Boat Challenge will take place September 6&7 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 to help us make more Dreams Come True!

Teams can register a maximum of 15 members (10 paddlers, a drummer, a steerer - if you  have one, & 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 6:30 PM on the Friday, and starts again at 9:00 AM on the Saturday, ending at 5:00 PM. Early team registration ('till August 1st) is $475.

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

Online registration now open! To register, or for more festival info, click on the link to the   left!

About The Dream Factory:

For 35 years, The Dream Factory has been bringing dreams to life for Manitoba kids facing life-threatening illnesses. In that time, over 700 dreams have come true – ranging from incredible trips, celebrity meet & greets, bedroom makeovers, and shopping sprees.

When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the real world can quickly become a scary place. It is their dreams that remind them what it means to be a kid – and it’s our job to try and bring that feeling to life for the child and their family.

The process is simple – once a child has qualified for and chosen their dream, we look after every detail. From pick-up at home, to spending money and even the occasional surprise, the dream is truly an opportunity to focus on just being a kid. It’s a much-needed break from the stresses, worries, and very adult challenges that come along with their illness.

Our dreams are experienced not only by the child, but also by their immediate family. It’s important that the dreams are opportunities for families to be together and reset, recharge, or celebrate.

The Dream Factory was the first dream granting organization in Canada. We are also the only organization of our kind to provide financial support to families to help address the financial burden that can accompany having a sick child. Our family funds ($2000 per family) are designed to alleviate some of the financial stresses associated with time off work, hospital parking, meal expenses, etc.

For many of our families, the dream has been their first opportunity to travel without attending a medical conference or clinical trial. For those families that tragically lose their child, these dreams create some of the best and only “carefree” moments that they have together.

Your support and participation in the Dream Factory Dragon Boat Festivals will allow us to make even more dreams come true in 2019!

Help Make A Dream Come True:

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