25th Annual

Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge

Coming in 2022

A Dragon Boat Canada Race Series Event!

Sport divisions will follow all DBC race regulations including equal gender crew composition in the mixed division (aka 10 male & 10 female paddlers)

Ontario’s first highly competitive dragon boat festival of the racing season expects to provide its usual sneak peek into the World’s fastest dragon boat club crews.

This regatta also features an extremely competitive and robust university division. University crews should check out the special opportunity to race both in the University and Sport Mixed divisions.

We are proud to host one of Canada’s most competitive annual regattas, the Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge, on Sunday, September 19th. Prominent clubs expected to attend include: Outer Harbour Dragon Boat Club, NDRC, True North Paddling Club, Iron Dragons and the Pickering Dragon Boat Club.

For crews competing in the Sport Mixed division, the unique and hugely popular Championship Point System will return. The fastest 10 Sport Mixed crews will compete in a series of 3 championship races: 200m, 500m and 2km in length. These crews will be trying to garner the most championship points and secure the overall points title. The winner will be awarded the Oikawa Cup and receive a free entry into the 2022 Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge.


  • Dragon Boat Canada Race Series Regatta
  • Dragon Boat Canada certified officiating crew
  • Historically Ontario’s most competitive regatta
  • Championship point system guaranteed to maximize value for sport division crews: 5 races over 3 distances
  • Highly competitive University division with value opportunity to race in both university and sport mixed divisions

Event Details


Category # of Races Before March 1 Before August 1 After August 1
Sport Mixed Division 3-4 $1150.00 $1200.00 $1300.00
Sport Women Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00
Sport Open Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00
University Mixed Division 5/6 $975.00 $1025.00 $1125.00
University/Mixed Combo 3 $1250.00 $1300.00 $1400.00
Recreation Mixed Division 3 $975.00 $1025.00 $1125.00
Recreation Women Division/BCS Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00
Recreation Open Division 3 $750.00 $800.00 $900.00

*All teams are guaranteed to race 1x200m and 2x500m. Only the top 10 Sport Mixed teams will compete in the 2000m final. All racing is based on a Championship Point System.

** University/Mixed Combo crews will race in the both the University Division and the Mixed Division, with 1x500m heat, 2x200m final, 2x500m final and are eligible to complete in the 2000m final if they are among the top 10 fastest crews.

Prices are listed in CAD and do not include tax.


Kelso Conservation Area, 5234 Kelso Road, Milton, Ontario

From Toronto, take Hwy 401 W towards Milton.
Take exit 320 to Regional Road 25 N.
Turn left on 5 Sideroad.
Turn left on Tremaine Road.
Turn right on Kelso Road.

Gates will be open at 6:00am Saturday. Please note: Each athlete must present a park pass to enter the park for free. All teams will receive 25 passes in the mail; any additional paddlers or guests will need to purchase their own passes online or at the gate (see website for individual pricing).


Full schedule will be posted on Monday, September 13th.

LIVE Results will be posted here:

Race Format:

  • All teams will race a 500m heat; the time from this race seeds you into your 200m final and your 500m final
  • Only the top 10 Sport Mixed teams will compete in the 2000m final

Shuttle buses begin running to the park at 6:30am and the registration tent will open at 7:00am for team check-in. A team captain’s meeting will take place at 7:30am, followed by marshalling for the first race at approximately 7:45am.


Sport Mixed: Oikawa Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

University Mixed: University Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

Rec Mixed: OPG Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places.

Sport Women: Sport Women Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places.

Sport Open: Sport Open Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third places.


Stay tuned for all of the exciting food, drink and merchandise vendors!

Are you interested in being a vendor at our event? We would love to have you!

Vendor fees are $200 (+HST) and all vendors receive:

  • A 10x10 space in a prime area of the park
  • Website & logo promotion on our Festival page
  • Promotion through our team information bulletins
  • The option to add a business card, promotional item or coupon to our team swag bags

Vendors who select to be Race Sponsors (for an additional $50) will also receive logo/website promotion on our race schedule (printed and online) and company promotion/announcements over the loud speaker throughout the festival.

*Please note: In order to best serve our participants, we reserve the right to turn down vendor applications if we feel as though the market is already covered in this area.

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Questions about this event? Need some help with registering? Send an email to katy.dunlop@alkame.ca


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