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The Canadian Cancer Society along with the Manitoba Paddling Association offers the best Dragon Boat racing program around! 

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River City Dragon Boat Festival

MB School Dragon Boat Challenge

Canada Day Dragon Boat Festival

September Dragon Boat Festival

Canadian Cancer Society 

River City Dragon Boat Festival

June 2nd & 3rd 2017

Our classic “Big Boat” Dragon Boat festival is open to everyone, from corporate to community teams, or ones made up of family and friends. Action starts at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Center, 6:00 pm on the Friday with 200m races and again at 9:00 am on the Saturday morning for 500m, finishing around 6:00 pm. 

The River City Dragon Boat Festival was started in 1996 and has grown to a 50+ team event every year! Come out and participate or even just to see what the festival us all about.

To register for the upcoming event please click here. 

To become a food vendor for the event please click here.

Race Schedule Available below 

We would like to thank all the participated in this years event, and helped us raise 150 thousand dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. Hopefully we will see you and your teams out for the other festivals this year and next. 

Here are the weekends results 

Canadian Cancer Society
Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge

June 4th 2017

The largest school dragon boat event in the country this festival is open to all schools across the province, with 50+ teams coming to compete some as far as Cross Lake! Races start at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Center, 9:00 am Sunday morning and usually finish around 4:00 pm. Family and friends are welcome to come cheer on these amazing teams. 

Started 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 names the fastest boat on the water. Don't forget that at the end of the day there is always a exciting 8 boat final race!

To register for the upcoming event please click here. 
For printable waivers please click here.
If your looking for online fundraiser click here.

Race Schedule Available Below

We would like to thank all the participated in this years event, and helped us raise 150 thousand dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. Hopefully we will see you and your teams out for the other festivals this year and next. 

Here are the Results

Mini French Festival

As well as our the Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge this year the Manitoba Paddling Association will be offering a new type of mini dragon boat festival for French and French immersion schools in and around Winnipeg. The Festival will take place Friday June 2nd 2017 from 10am until 2pm and be for students in grades 6 through 8 who have a majority if not all of their classes in French. Our goal is to build a bigger French community in the area as well as promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

This Festival will be entirely in French, from the coaching to the announcing and of course the music! It will be an extension of our Manitoba High School Dragon Boat Challenge (Sunday June 4th). Instead of coming to the Manitoba Canoe Kayak Center (MCKC) for practices (whether that was during the day or after school) teams will arrive in the morning at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Center for their practices and after lunch will put what they’ve just learned to the test in races against the other schools.  

There will be no fee for participating in this event rather than doing the normal 2 hours of practice at MCKC just the entry fee of the Manitoba School Dragon Boat Challenge. If your school is not interested in participating in the festival June 4th but would still like to participate in our French Festival a fee of $12.50/ per student will be applied.
If you have any questions please contact us.

To register for our Mini French Festival please click here.

Canadian Cancer Society
Canada Day Dragon Boat Festival

Sadly will not take place in 2017, stay tuned for 2018!

OH CANADA! This our road show in Portage la Prairie; set up, practices, races and tare down all in one day! At 9:00 am teams are given a 60 minute practice with races begin usually around 1:30 pm and it's all around 4:30 pm. If your in Portage or the surrounding area come out and check out this one of a kind festival.

One of our newer Dragon Boat Festivals the Canada Day Dragon Boat Festival was started in 2015 and is a hit every year! This Festival is a great opportunity for teams who don't want to travel all the way to Winnipeg but still want to get in a dragon boat! 



September 8th & 9th 2017

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), 6:00 pm Friday and then again at 9:00 am Saturday morning, everything is usually wrapped up by 6:00 pm. As always come out to watching 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!

To register for the upcoming event please click here.

Click the link below for results

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped us support the Canadian Cancer Society. 
We passes our goal of raising $80,000. See you in the Winter!


Sadly will not take place in 2017, stay tuned for 2018!

Indoor dragon boat!? How does that work? 

It works like a regular Dragon Boat event, but with a twist. Two teams of eight paddlers  sit in the same boat, facing each other. Similar in nature 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 well still staying active!

Started in 2013, this event takes place at the Pan Am pool located at 25 Poseidon Bay in the Grant Park area of Winnipeg. This indoor festival happens to be the largest of it's kind in North America and is a different way to experience paddling in a dragon boat.


This years races will take place February 25, 2018 at the Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Center
10 Paddlers per Boat (6 Males, 4 Females) Steerspersons can be provided.
200 Metre Sprints, with 3 Guaranteed Races

For more information e-mail

To Register send cheque with full payment to:
Manitoba Paddling Association 
145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 3Z6
Please send team info to

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

2017 will be the first year we'll be holding the Manitoba Ice Dragon Boat Festival. Teams will skate their dragon boat down the Red River in a race like no other. Our hope is this Festival can build convince people out of there warm houses out into the elements to experience everything Red River has to offer. Held at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Center (located at 80 Churchill Drive). Keep up to date with all the information on our FaceBook Page.  


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.


Yes, MPA makes safety our number one priority. We have an excellent reputation and superior safety record - second to none. We want to 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 and experience as well as the focus 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.


The MPA partners with the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division (CCS) to raise funds. The funds raised for the Canadian Cancer Society Dragon Boat Festivals in Manitoba support cutting edge cancer research to advance treatments, increase early diagnosis, clinical trials and hopefully develop a cure. The Society also provides community based programs and services such as our transportation service that support thousands of Manitoba cancer patients and their families. The Canadian Cancer Society is also a voice of change ensuring that governments at the local, provincial and national remain responsive to the evolving needs of cancer patients. For example, in 2011 the CCS convinced the Manitoba government to cover the cost of all cancer treatment and support drugs. Since then, this initiative has helped more than 12,000 families in Manitoba save an estimated $54 million in drug expenses. Thanks to the commitment of time and energy of our volunteers, we are able to keep our administrative costs below 7%.


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