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Registration Fees

Sign up for one of the most exciting festivals on the dragon boat calendar. It's easy to get involved in the races. All you need is 20 of your friends and/or co-workers to form a team, and get ready for race day.

What does a Team Entry include?

Besides the promise of a thrill like no other, your team entry includes entry to the festival and all equipment necessary to race.

Teams will compete in 4 x 500m races--two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Teams that belong to an organization or industry will have the opportunity to participate in a bonus race, known as an Industry Cup*. Be sure to select an industry during registration so you are included! 

Teams have the option to choose an entry to include a team practice. Practices are held at Marilyn Bell Park from September 8th to September 11th. The practice only covers the equipment and does not include a coach. Teams in need of a coach should contact us if they need help hiring one. Additional practices are available.

*Eligibility for Industry Cup Races: 70% or more of your paddlers must be part of the same industry in order to be eligible for that industry cup race. The top 6 seeded crews from each Industry category, based on each crew’s first round time from Saturday morning races will advance to their Industry race. 

Racing Classes

There are 4 different racing classes that teams can register for: Mixed, Women's, Open and BCS.

A Mixed Team consists of 20 paddlers with a minimum 10 female paddlers in the boat.

A Women's Team consists of an all female team. The drummer must be female.

An Open Team consists of any combination of male and female paddlers.

A BCS Team consists of 20 Breast Cancer Survivor paddlers and a female drummer. The steersperson may be male and does not have to be a Breast Cancer Survivor.

 2015 Team Registration Fees
 Team fees are in CAD and do not include applicable tax (13% HST)
Category Number of RacesBefore Jan 1stBefore April 1stBefore May 1stAfter May 1st
Mixed Team without Practice


Mixed Team with 1 Practice


 $1,345.00$1,445.00$1,545.00 $1,645.00 
(Contact us before registering)
4 $1,045.00$1,045.00 $1,245.00 $1,245.00
Open Team Division


Women's Team Division


Women's Team Entering Mixed Division without Practice


 $1,295.00$1,395.00 $1,495.00 $1,595.00 
Women's Team Entering Mixed Division with 1 Practice


 $1,345.00$1,445.00 $1,545.00 $1,645.00 
BCS Team Division  
BCS Team Entering Womens Division6$395.00
Additional Practice Session  $75.00

Breast Cancer Survivor Teams: 
A hold deposit of $200 + HST is required but will be fully refunded upon Team Check-in on race weekend (A cheque will be handed to the team captain at the Registration tent). 

Registration Add-Ons

Each team registered at the festival will get a 10 x 10 team site. Teams have the option to bring their own tent or rent one from GWN. In addition to tents, chairs and tables are also available. See below for pricing.

 2015 Team Rental Fees
Prices are in CAD and do not include applicable tax (13% HST)
10' x 10' Tent
10' x 20' Tent$400.00
20' x 20' Tent
 GWN Practice Coach $75.00

Meal Options

Another add-on offered to teams is the Food Voucher Program. Participants can choose to purchase vouchers in advance of race day, that will be redeemable at any one of the food vendors on site throughout the weekend.

MLDB Reward Program

MLDB Reward Program is a program that rewards mixed teams who participate in multiple GWN events by offering teams a discounted rate. The more MLDB events you participate in, the more you'll save on each event registration. Visit the MLDB page for more information.

How to Register

Registering for the GWN Dragon Boat Challenge Presented by CIBC is easy and can be done online! The first step in signing up your team is to designate one person as the Team Captain and create an account on

How to Register A Crew

Only one person can register a team online. They are known as the team captain. This person will be in charge of managing the team’s registration and will be the key contact for bookings and festival communications.

To register a team, the team captain must have an online account on To create an account, you will need a valid email address. If an account already exists, please login using your email address and password.

Once logged in, click on Events for a full event listing. Select the event you'd like to race in and the race class. For more information about different race classes and to see which one your crew fits in, visit our FAQs. Continue to follow the registration process prompts until you are at the payment page.

GWN accepts credit card and cheque payments. If paying by credit card, choose either Visa or Mastercard. If paying by cheque, choose the cheque option and mail payment to:

Great White North Communications, Inc.
49 Bathurst Street, Suite 101
Toronto, ON M5V 2P2

Early Bird Pricing will only be honoured if payment is received within 15 day from the date of registration. If payment is not received within 15 days, the registration will be cancelled.

A team registration is not secured until full payment is received.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that sometimes things happen and a team has to withdraw from a festival. Cancellation from a festival must be received in writing.

61+ Days from Race Day
Cancellations received 61 days or more before the event will receive a refund minus an administration fee of $250.00CAD (plus 13% HST).

31-60 Days from Race Day
Cancellations received 31 to 60 days before the event will receive a deferral credit minus an administration fee of $250.00CAD (plus 13% HST), which must be used towards a Walgreens Major League Dragon Boat event by the end of the following year.

Less than 30 Days from Race Day
No refunds will be issued if cancellation is received 30 days or less before the event.