Dragon Boat Festivals





Get ready for June 2nd, 2024!


Our classic “Big Boat” Dragon Boat festival is open to all types of teams, from corporate to community, or ones made of family and friends. 

The River City Dragon Boat Festival started in 1996 and has since grown to a 50-team event every year! Come out and participate or even see what the festival is all about!


Register early to avoid disappointment! Please complete a registration form and send it to mpa@sportmanitoba.ca


If you're involved or interested, check out the schedule (to-be-posted)

Please complete a vendor form and submit it to mpa@sportmanitoba.ca, fax: 204-925-5792 or mail to 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6 if you're interested in joining our event!


    Recent results:






Get ready for June 1st, 2024!

As the largest school dragon boat event in the country, this festival is open to all schools across the province, with 50 teams coming, some as far as Cross Lake, to compete! Races start at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Center, at 9:00 am Saturday morning and usually finish around 4:00 pm. Family and friends are welcome to cheer on these outstanding teams. 
In 1990, the Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge started as a war canoe event for teams to test their speed and skill against over schools in the province. Senior and Junior High teams race 500m in a battle to the finish to be named the fastest boat on the water. At the end of the day, there is also always an exciting 8-boat final race!
Please fill out a registration form and consent form and email them to mpa@sportmanitoba.ca to register. An MCKC member will contact you to schedule practice times starting in mid-April. 
Please complete a vendor form and submit it to mpa@sportmanitoba.ca or fax: 204-925-5792 or mail to 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6 if you're interested in joining our event!
   Recent results:











See you September 8th, 2024!


Round and round and round we go! This Festival is different from our others, instead of our normal 4 to 8 boat straight-line race this festival is in pursuit format. Races start at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Center (80 Churchill Drive), and, as always, come out to watch teams pursue each other around the course. 

The September Festival is unique for its pursuit format. Teams start across from each other and race in opposite directions chasing each other, in a circle, back to where they started. It's an incredible race for spectators and paddlers alike!


Please fill out a registration form if you're interested!


Please complete a vendor form and submit it to mpa@sportmantioba.ca r fax: 204-925-5792 or mail to 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6 if you're interested in joining our event!


    Recent results:
    Results 1
    Results 2









See you in 2024!


Dragon Boats racing on ice! Yes, you read that right!


Teams of 11 (10 paddlers, 1 drummer) use special ice paddles to skate their dragon boats across the finish line. With the expansion of the Red River Mutual Trail, we hope to give Winnipeggers another reason to get out and experience what our great city has to offer in the winter.

To check out all the results from our 2018 Festival check out our Facebook Page






See you in 2024!

Indoor dragon boat!? How does that work? 
Two teams of eight paddlers sit in the same boat, facing each other. Similar to a game of tug-of-war, the object of this event is to paddle your side of the boat past the line before your opposing team does. It's a great way to get out of the winter elements while still staying active!
This event takes place at the Pan Am pool located at 25 Poseidon Bay in the Grant Park area of Winnipeg. This indoor festival is the largest of its kind in North America and is a different way to experience paddling in a dragon boat!





As a not-for-profit, Provincial Sport Organization, we take our Mission, Vision and Values to heart! We work hard to develop the skills of athletes at all levels. We are unmatched by anyone or any organization in Manitoba to promote paddling as a way to enhance the lives of those who participate.







MPA makes safety our number one priority. We have an excellent reputation and superior safety record. We ensure that individuals, as well as teams, complete their races in the safest manner possible. That can only be possible because of the training, knowledge, experience, and dedication of our staff and volunteers!





All teams entering our Dragon Boat events are coached by experienced paddlers who have competed nationally as well as internationally. We pride ourselves in the fact that our coaches know what it takes to work with the teams to reach their potential.





Currently, we're looking for a new charity to support through our outstanding events! Don't hesitate to reach out if you think we'd be the right fit!






What are you waiting for... why not join in? You'll be glad you did!



 May 2024