Canadian Armed Forces Challenge Cup

What is the Canadian Armed Forces Challenge Cup?

The Canadian Armed Forces Challenge Cup races are designed to increase competition among teams representing the various divisions of the Canadian military from around the country. If there are more than 8 teams in a Challenge Cup your second race on Saturday will serve as the Challenge Cup Final. Entering a Challenge Cup does not increase the number of times a team will race.

Challenge Cup Teams must have a minimum of 9 people racing from the designated cup category. For example, if you are entering the High Tech Challenge your team must have a minimum of 9 paddlers who are employed with the High Tech organization the team represents.

Some great reasons to enter a team:

     · Be a part of North America's largest dragon boat festival

     · We provide everything you need (paddles and PFDs), oh and the boat too

     · We'll show you how - two free practices with fun and knowledgeable coaches

     · Decorate your 10x20' team site to compete for the best team site award or promote who you are what you do


* Plus applicable tax on all rates

25th Anniversary Rate: $1100 (first 25 teams -sold out)

Early Bird Rate: $1200 ( 25 sots available - sold out)

Register and pay before December 31, 2017

Snow Bird Rate: $1300 ( 25 sots available - sold out)


Teams registered in the following divisions: $850 (25 spots available - A few spots remaining)

  • Accessibility Challenge Cup
  • Breast Cancer Survivors Challenge Cup
  • Community Challenge Cup
  • Teams competing in the 2018 CCWC
  • Youth Challenge Cup

Teams outside North America: FREE



Individual Registration: $50


Registration includes:

  • Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival from June 21-24, 2018 (racing on June 23-24)
  • Two team practices with certified coaches
  • Opportunity for top fundraising teams to qualify to race in the Charity Challenge Cup 
  • Access to free concert series and onsite activities
  • Opportunity to compete in various community and corporate divisions
  • Team site to hang out between races; decorate to have fun or promote your business/organization
  • Invitation for all team members to the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Champions
  • Entry into team t-shirt, team site and team spirit competitions 
  • All equipment provided (boats, paddles, PFDs)


Team Details:
Mixed - must race with a minimum of 8 female paddlers.
Women - must race with all female paddlers, but can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.
Open - teams are often comprised of primarily male paddlers, but females may also paddle. Open teams can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.

Teams may be comprised of 16-20 paddlers, 1 drummer, 1 steersperson and up to 6 spares (maximum roster of 28).