Accessibility Challenge Cup

In 2017, the Accessibility Challenge Cup was introduced to provide an opportunity for those with a disability, their caregivers and supporters to experience an amazing day on the water, working together to cross the finish line. A chance to try a new sport and experience a festival filled with live music, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, and culinary treats, children’s area, and non-stop racing.

The Accessibility Challenge Cup races show us the very best of what sport has to offer – hard work, determination, teamwork, and sportsmanship.


Past Participants include:

Capital City Condors
National Capital Visually Impaired Sports Association Dragon Eyes



Local Team Rate: $1400
Out of Town Rate: $995 *Outside 100km radius of Ottawa
Individual Rate: Cost determined by team paddling with.



Teams registered in the following divisions: $850

Teams outside North America: FREE

Registration includes:

  • Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival from June 23-26, 2022 (racing on June 25-26)
  • 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, may have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.
Open - no restrictions. 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 30).



Concerts and additional programming are funded through the generous support of artistic grants and sponsors.


The festival provides hydration stations, which allow people to re-fill personal water bottles.