The GWN Dragon Boat Challenge presented by CIBC is the 6th stop of the Major League Dragon Boat Series and the marquee season-ending festival in Canada for dragon boat enthusiasts. In its 20th year, the Challenge is the perfect festival for corporate and club crews wanting to have a last blast before the end of summer.
What began as the 9-1-1 Challenge (a race organized by the Toronto Police Services with a modest 5 teams made up of emergency services members) has transformed into an all-out festival infusing the thrill of the dragon boat racing with an outdoor family friendly event. Participation in the annual event has blossomed through its charitable donations, with over $1.25M donated to non-profit organizations such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, our 2015 charity-of-choice.
Today, the Challenge continues to celebrate the sport, attracting dragon boat teams to Toronto's waterfront from all over North America and overseas. Teams range from novice to competitive skill level and represent local corporations and clubs, public agencies, non-profit organizations and the community at large.
In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the festival features many fun activities: the Rock the Boat Concert Stage with live musical performances, the Lake of Bays Beer Garden, a children's activity zone with live entertainment, a health and wellness area, plus a variety of food, arts & crafts, and other vendors.
There is plenty to do at the 20th anniversary of the GWN Dragon Boat Challenge Presented By CIBC. Join us as we bid farewell to another paddling season in the north. Come join us for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular live performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at one of the largest competitive dragon boat festivals in North America.
The GWN Dragon Boat Challenge Presented by CIBC is held on the Westerrn Beaches Watercourse at Marilyn Bell Park in downtown Toronto. This world class venue has been a host to a number of elite dragon boat competitions like the 2006 IDBF World Club Crew Championships, 2008 Dragon Boat Canada National Championships and the 2011 ICF Club Crew Dragon Boat World Championships.
Be in the thick of the action at the Challenge! There are many ways to get involved:
Compete! Register a crew of 20 paddlers and participate in the racing.
Be a Partner! Select a sponsorship opportunity to best suit your brand's needs.
Be a Vendor or Exhibitor! Promote your product to thousands of spectators and participants.
Volunteer! Spend a day out by Toronto's waterfront and help to create a one-of-a-kind experience for teams and the community.