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# of Races

Before Jan 1

Before April 1

Before May 1

After May 1

 Mixed / Women's / Open / Paradragons (2x200m, 4 x 500m)






 Mixed / Women's / Open / Paradragons (Out-of-Town)**

 (2x200m, 4 x 500m)




 Combination Unisex Team***

 (2x200m, 4 x 500m)




1-Day Option (Sat. Sept. 7th)*

 (3 x 500m)

Only open to Beginner Community/ Corporate Teams*






1-Day Option (Sat. Sept. 7th)*

 (3 x 500m)

BCP/ACP special rate






Practice Sessions****

 (coach not provided)


Practice Session Coach/Steersperson


Race Weekend Coach
(Please note, event day steerspeople will be provided at no additional cost.  This option is for teams looking to have a dedicated coach/steers throughout race weekend.)


Prices are in CAD and do not include applicable tax (13% HST).
Payment Methods: We accept all major credit cards, Cheque or e-Transfer.
Paying by cheque or e-transfer: You will receive a discount of $25 CAD. This discount will be automatically applied during the registration process. e-Transfers are only available for Canadian events and residents.


* New in 2024: To qualify for this one-day option, beginner community/corporate and Breast Cancer Paddler / All-Cancer Paddler teams are eligible. Entry is subject to approval by GWN.

**Applies to teams at least 100km outside of Toronto.)

***Teams must consist of at least 90% of paddlers participating in a primary team. To get this rate, please call the GWN Office: 416-962-8899.

****Practice sessions are held at Marilyn Bell Park during the week leading up to the Festival. To book weekly sessions, practice facilities are available. Please contact GWN for info. 

For more information (i.e. refund policy, multi-event discount, etc), please visit our FAQ page.

Racing Structure
Festival crews will compete in 4x500m (2 per day) and 2x200m races (on Sunday). Final race format is dependent on event size, subject to change at GWN's discretion. 

For the 1-Day option, crews will compete in 3x500m races on Saturday September 7th. 

To ensure races run smoothly, smaller divisions may be combined in heats, but will race independently of each other. 

DBC Race Series Event
We are pleased to announce we have been selected to be a Race Series Event in 2024.  DBC teams attending the GWN Dragon Boat Challenge will not only build eligibility for Club Crew Championships but will also earn points for each Race Series Event to be reflected on DBC's Leaderboard.

Registration Add-Ons
Each team registered at the festival will get a 20 x 20 team site (footprint, not tent rental) within the Athletes' Village. Teams have the option to bring their own tent or rent one from GWN. In addition to tents, chairs and tables are also available. For more information, please refer to the Athlete's Village tab below. Teams may also order practice sessions, coaching, and race weekend coaches.  




Address:  The event will take place in Marilyn Bell Park, located at 1095 Lakeshore Blvd West in Toronto, just south of Exhibition Place and east of Jameson Avenue. The closest intersection is Lake Shore Blvd West and British Columbia Drive.

Site Map: The 2024 event site map will be posted 1 week prior to the event.


From the West: Exit the Gardiner Expressway at Jameson Avenue and follow Lakeshore Blvd Eastbound to Marilyn Bell Park

From the East: Exit the Gardiner Expressway at Dunn Avenue. Stay right for Jameson Avenue. Make a sharp left onto Jameson Avenue and merge on to Lake Shore Blvd. Marilyn Bell Park is on your right. Alternatively, you can take King Street westbound to Jameson Avenue. Turn left onto Jameson Avenue and then turn left to merge onto Lake Shore Blvd.

Park Rules: We're committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for participants and spectators. Before heading out to the races, there are some things you should know:

Pets are welcome at Marilyn Bell Park but should be leashed at all times. No BBQ grills and/or cooking devices are allowed on park grounds. No bottled water will be sold or distributed under the Bottled Water Ban at Marilyn Bell Park.

Teams are responsible for picking up their waste within their team sites.  Teams will receive waste bags during check-in and there will be waste bins located throughout the Athletes' Village.  Let's all work together to keep Marilyn Bell Park clean and green.

Medical Services: Medical services and first aid will be available on site. If you're in need of medical attention, please report to the medical tent for immediate assistance. Toronto Police officers will also be on-site patrolling the grounds.



The 2024 Race Schedule will be posted on Monday September 2nd.

To ensure races run smoothly, smaller divisions may be combined in heats, but will race independently of each other. 

Racing Structure
Festival crews race all weekend, will compete in 4x500m (2 per day) and 2x200m races (on Sunday). Final race format is dependent on event size, subject to change at GWN's discretion. 

For the 1-Day option, crews will compete in 3x500m races on Saturday September 7th. 

To ensure races run smoothly, smaller divisions may be combined in heats, but will race independently of each other. 

Industry Cup Races

The first 500m race on Saturday will double up as an Industry Cup race for eligible crews. To qualify for a cup race, at least 70% of the crew must be part of the same company or industry. 

Live Results

Get live race results and progressions on race day using your phone. Visit www.gwnresults.com.

Race Marshaling
Marshaling for races will begin promptly half an hour before the first race of the day. Teams must be in the Marshalling area 30 minutes before their scheduled race throughout the day.

Race Day Check-In

Every Team Captain must check-in their team at Race Headquarters on race day. Registration will be open at approximately  7:00AM. All waivers must be completed prior to check-in. Please visit the FAQ section for more information on how to check in on race day.

For a speedy check-in, ensure that all waivers for your team are completed. The electronic waiver deadline is 11:59AM EST on Wednesday, September 4th. Online access to waivers will be restricted after the deadline, after which only paper copies will be accepted on Saturday morning.

Team Captain's Meeting
There will be a Team Captain's meeting on Saturday morning, 1 hour before the first race at the Main Stage in the Beer Garden to discuss race day rules and address any questions.



Industry Cup Races: First-place teams will receive a trophy and gold medals.
Grand Finals: Third and second-place teams will receive bronze and silver medals, respectively. First-place teams will receive a trophy and gold medals.
Consolation Finals: 
First-place teams will receive a trophy and gold medals.
200m Finals:
 The first-place team in each Grand and Consolation final will receive a medal.

Awards Ceremonies
Ceremonies will take place after each Industry Cup, Consolation Race, and Grand Final Race. Volunteers will gather the gold medal-winning team as they come off the water.  They will be escorted directly to the stage in the Beer Garden. Bronze and silver medal-winning teams will receive their medals in the dock area.



Rock the Boat Concert Series on the Main Stage:  

2024 Performances TBC

Family Fun Zone

2024 Performances TBC

Inflatable Bounce Houses:

Kids of all ages to enjoy inflatables featuring a bounce castle and 5-in-1 Combo (bounce zone, basketball hoops, obstacles, climbing and slide).



Marketplace & Artisan Village: 2024 vendors TBC

Health & Wellness Village: 2024 vendors TBC

Food Vendors: 2024 vendors TBC

Interested in being a vendor? Email us at info@gwnevents.com to find out more.




There is no parking allowed on Marilyn Bell Park property and all unauthorized vehicles will be towed. Parking is available at Lot 6 near the CNE Grounds, Exhibition Place. Overflow parking will be available at Lot 4 and then near the bandshell, once Lot 6 is full.

Directions to Lot 6, Exhibition Place

From the East (Gardiner Westbound)
Exit at Dunn Avenue
Turn left on Jameson Avenue
Turn left onto Lake Shore Blvd (heading eastbound)
Stay in the farthest lane, turn slight left onto British Columbia Drive
Turn left into Parking Lot 6

From the West (Gardiner Eastbound)
Exit at Lake Shore Blvd West
Stay in the furthest left lane, turn slight left onto British Columbia Drive
Turn left into Parking Lot 6



Looking to have some fun on the docks? GWN is always looking for fantastic volunteers.

As a volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to be a part of the exciting and fast-paced action that is dragon boat racing. You'll also get to experience the energy and excitement of the festival event atmosphere and be a part of a vibrant community of dragon boat enthusiasts. Volunteers will be needed to help with various tasks in ensuring the safety and smooth operations of the event through the various outlined tasks:

  • Boat Marshalls: Will be on the dock assisting paddlers with getting in and out of the boats. This position should be filled by people who are comfortable around the water.
  • Results Runners: Will be posting the results from the Timing Officials at the Registration Headquarters. This position requires neat handwriting.
  • Team Marshalls: Will assist the Marshalling Manager in ensuring that all teams are ready to load into boats at the correct time to maintain smooth running of the races.
  • Crowd Control: Will ensure one-way flow traffic from the Marshalling Area after boats are unloaded.

If you would like to volunteer, we can promise some food, drinks, a really cool shirt, and community service hours (if applicable) so please complete this Volunteer Form to join our team! To get more info or ask any questions, feel free to send us an email at volunteers@gwnevents.com.

Additional Information

Athletes Village
Participant Checklist

Event Map

GWNC venue map non interactive

charitable partner


We are pleased to announce the Tim Hortons GWN Dragon Boat Challenge presented by BMO is in support of Tim Hortons® Foundation Camps.  

Tims Camps is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1974 to expand the horizon of what is possible for young people.  A leader in youth development programming, Tims Camps supports youth from low-income communities between the ages of 12 to 16 - an important developmental time that helps shape who they will become as adults.

Through a multi-year camp-based program, youth learn skills like leadership, resilience, and responsibility, which empower them to believe their own potential and change their stories for the better.

With seven camps in North America that run year-round summer, school and community programs, youth are supported to thrive when they return home, to excel in post-secondary education, to succeed at work and to contribute positively to their communities. More than 315,000 kids have attended a Foundation camp at no cost to them or their families thanks to the generosity of Tim Hortons restaurant owners, guests, corporate sponsors and community partners.

For more information about Tim Hortons Foundation Camps, please visit www.timscamps.com