Pickering Dragon Boat Community Festival

Coming in 2022

The Pickering Community Festival is designed to provide an introduction to competition for new and local dragon boat crews with minimal race experience and will be held on Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering on Sunday, September 19th, 2021.

This regatta will guarantee each crew 4 races including a heat and championship race in multiple distances. The top three teams will receive medals.

This regatta has gained notoriety as a great regatta for athletes new to the sport of dragon boat racing – most athletes who’ve begun their paddling careers at this regatta have gone on to exciting and rewarding dragon boat racing futures. Many have even competed internationally for their club or country.

This regatta is perfect if you are considering organizing a corporate, community or friend- based activity for a large group. For the 24th annual community festival, we are introducing new divisions, such as the Introductory Open Division that allows you to race with 12 paddlers of any gender!

Event Details


Category # of Races Before March 1 Before August 1 After August 1
Community Mixed 4 $1050.00 $1100.00 $1200.00
Community Mixed Package 4 $1500.00 $1500.00 $1500.00
Introductory Open Package 1 4 $1050.00 $1050.00 $1050.00
Introductory Open Package 2 4 $1850.00 $1850.00 $1850.00

Community Mixed Package includes 4 practices with a coach and your regatta fee.

Introductory Open Package 1 is for new teams consisting of only 12 paddlers, with no gender make-up. This package includes 4 practices with a coach, team shirts and your regatta fee.

Introductory Open Package 2 is for new teams consisting of only 12 paddlers, with no gender make-up. This package includes 6 practices with a coach, team shirts, as well as the fees for 2 regattas (the Pickering Festival September 6th & the Port Perry Dragon Boat Festival, June 19th).

To book practices, send an email to katy.dunlop@alkame.ca

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, 2021.

LIVE Results will be posted here:

Race Format:

  • Community teams will race 3 x 200m and 1x500m
  • Introductory teams will race 4 x 200m

Shuttle buses begin running to the park at 7:30am and the registration tent will open at 8:00am for team check-in. A team captain’s meeting will take place at 8:30am, followed by marshalling for the first race at approximately 8:45am.


Community Mixed Division – Community Cup
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place teams. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.

Introductory Open Division
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place teams. Plaques will be awarded for 4-6.


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.

Click here to register


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


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