Hospitality & Tourism Challenge Cup

What is the Hospitality & Tourism Challenge Cup?

It's your turn to be the guest! We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality our festival has to offer.  Every day you work tirelessly welcoming people into your establishment and making their stay as comfortable as possible.  You welcome those coming to our amazing city, making their experience a memorable one. Now, in our Hospitality and Tourism Challenge Cup you can bring out your competitive side and be the first to cross the finish line.  Come together as a team and relax as you experience all that we have to offer, both on and off the water.

Past participants in the Hospitality & Tourism Challenge Cup have represented companies who provide hospitality or tourism services through events, attractions, accommodations or the culinary scene.

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. Challenge Cups require a minimum of 3 teams so issue a challenge to your competition and get ready to beat them on the water!

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
Register and Pay
25th Anniversary Rate: $1100 (first 25 teams)

Early Bird Rate: $1200 (25 spots available)

Register and pay before December 31, 2017

Snow Bird Rate: $1300 (25 spots available)

Regular Team Rate: $1400

Out of Town Rate: $995 (teams from outside 100km radius of Ottawa)


Teams registered in the following divisions: $850 (25 spots available)

  • 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).