Team Information and Tips

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival is always delighted to have National and International teams come and compete at our festival. If you are interested in coming please contact us and we will help your team in whatever way possible!


Please visit our Toronto Tourism section or Accommodations to find out what the city has to offer! Toronto is an amazing city with lots of diversity that everyone should visit at least once!


International Teams

International Teams are defined as those that are based outside of North America. International teams receive free entry into the festival and help with navigating the wonderful city of Toronto.

Please contact your local Canadian Consulate to find out what material you will need in order to obtain a VISA. Let us know what information you need and we will happily write an invitational letter for your team.


National Teams

National Teams are defined as those teams with a minimum of 90% of their crew members within North America and outside a domicile in the Greater Toronto Area and include the following municipalities or regions: City of Toronto, the regions of Halton, Peel, York and Durham, and the counties of Simcoe and Dufferin. Because National teams are given a 50% discount off their registration fee, they are not eligible for any of the early bird discounts.

Feel free to contact with any questions regarding your stay, transportation, things to do in the city, and we are happy to answer your questions!

2016 Sport Division Returns!

General Information (Sport Division):

  • Available Sport Division Categories: Open & Women
  • All crews must be DBC members. All paddlers on Sport Division Crews must be a member of DBC through their club membership. In any case where there is a conflict in rules within the Sport Division, DBC/IDBF rules will supersede TIDBRF.
  • Life jacket exemption in effect (Sport Division only).  Life jackets must be present in boat.
  • Race distances for Sport Division will consist of 200m and 500m.
  • Crew composition for Sport Division will be identical to current TIDBRF roster guidelines.
  • Photo ID – only current DBC issued picture ID will be accepted. All DBC clubs are responsible to register and provide DBC with all information/picture to ensure DBC picture ID will be manufactured in time (at least three weeks prior to TIDBRF). Please direct any Sport Division questions to DBC Executive Director.


Sport Open

  • Sport Open will consist of 1x500m heat (Saturday), 1x200m heat (Sunday) and 1x500m final (Sunday).
  • Cost: $750 + HST
  • Sport Open will be limited to the first six registered crews
  • Winning crew will receive free entry into the 2017 Sport Open TIDBRF.


Sport Women

  • Sport Women will consist of 1x500m heat (Saturday), 1x200m heat (Sunday) and 1x500m final (Sunday).
  • Cost: $750 + HST
  • Sport Women will be limited to the first six registered crews
  • Winning crew received free entry into the 2017 Sport Women TIDBRF


Important Contacts:

Questions and Registration for 2016 Sport Division:
Questions regarding 2016 TIBRF Sport Division:
Dragon Boat

How to Register:

To register in Sport Division for TIDBRF 2016:
1. Contact Michael Mah ( or call 416-508-0773) to reserve your sport (first six teams in each category).
2. TIDBRF Registration Package 2017.PDF or Register Online Here
3. Team Roster 2017.PDF
4. Submit Manual Application (if applicable) and Roster forms to or fax 416-595-7334
5. Submit Roster form to and
*Sport Teams are not eligible for early bird discounts that are provided by TIDBRF.

The following are the suppliers for dragon boat practice and training facilities and services recommended by the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival. Teams are urged to contact these facilities directly to book their practice and training needs.

Sunnyside Paddling Club

Tel: 416-532-6979
Practice Site: Sunnyside Beach, Lakeshore

ALKAME Dragonboat Services

Tel: 905-492-4040
Practice Sites: Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering

Mississauga Canoe Club

Tel: 905-274-2127
Practice Sites: Credit River, Mississauga

Humber Bay Dragon Boat Club

Tel: 416-354-2330
Practice Sites: Mimico, Toronto

Afterburn Performance Fitness Inc.

Tel: 416-624-5439
Practice Sites: Scarborough, Ontario (Indoor facility with pool specifically designed for Dragon Boat)


Directions to Queens Quay Ferry Docks:

The Toronto Ferry Docks is located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.
Directions by TTC: From Union station take the 509 Harbourfront or the 510 Spadina streetcar south to the Bay and Queen’s Quay Stop. Alternately, take the Bay Bus #6 southbound from the corner of Front and Bay to the Bay and Queen’s Quay stop. The entrance to the ferry docks is on the south side of the street, just east of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.
More information about Centre Island and the ferries:
416-392-8193 or The Ferry-Schedule.