Challenge Cup races are designed to increase competition among teams from local industry or community groups. If you choose to enter a Challenge Cup you will be grouped with similar teams for the first race of the weekend. 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.

*NOTE: A Challenge Cup race will only run if there are three (3) or more teams for that particular category. If you are unsure about which category you qualify for please contact the Festival Office.


BUILDING & DEVELOPMENT: Companies whose major focus involves construction, project development, engineering consultants, building materials, etc.

EMBASSIES & FOREIGN MISSIONS: PRESENTED BY HKETO – A division for embassies, foreign missions, immigrant services or associated community associations.


HEALTH CARE: PRESENTED BY DONNA CONA Health care providers and anyone working for hospitals, clinics, dental offices, and health & wellness services.


HOSPITALITY & TOURISM: Companies whose major business is providing hospitality, tourism, accommodations, or culinary services.


HIGH TECH: Companies on the cutting edge of technology.


MEDIA: Teams representing the media industry including television, radio, print, streaming and social media.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: Companies providing professional services such as financial, legal, accounting, etc.




ACCESSIBILITY: Teams consisting of athletes who have an intellectual disability, as well as their caregivers and supporters.


ALL CANCER PADDLERS: An inclusive division for all adult ages and genders who have been diagnosed with any cancer and who may or may not have significant disability related to their cancers.

BREAST CANCER PADDLERS: Teams whose members are breast cancer survivors.


CANADIAN ARMED FORCES: A division for active and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their supporters.


COMMUNITY: Organizations representing charities and non-profits.


EDUCATION: A division for paddlers who work for educational institutions, administration, or associated parent advisory associations.

EMERGENCY SERVICES: Teams composed of first responders representing the various branches of police, fire and paramedic services and associations.

FRIENDS & FAMILY: Teams whose members are all members of the same extended family.


GOVERNMENT: Paddlers working for federal, provincial or municipal governments.

MASTERS: Teams whose members are 49 or older before June 1st of the given year.


PARA: Teams whose paddlers are para-athletes who have some form of physical, psychological, neurological, sensory, developmental or intellectual impairment. Drummers and steers can be unimpaired.

PRIDE: Teams consisting of members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and their supporters.


SPORT & FITNESS: Teams representing fitness clubs, dance/fitness studios, and sport teams/clubs.


YOUTH: Teams whose members are a minimum of 13 years of age and a maximum of 17 years of age before June 1st of the given year





RECREATIONAL: Women’s teams new to the sport or only practice a few times per season.


INTERMEDIATE: Experienced women's teams who participate in other festivals and practice 5-10 times per season.


COMPETITIVE: Women's teams who participate in multiple festivals, often finish in top 30 and/or practice 10+ times per season.





SUE HOLLOWAY CUP: Dragon Boat Canada (DBC) registered teams who are striving for greatness in their sport, just as four-time Olympian and Canada Sports Hall of Famer, Sue Holloway achieved. Mixed, Women’s and Open divisions available.