Canadian Armed Forces Challenge Cup

Teamwork, precision, strength, and dedication are all things that come to mind when you think of our Canadian Armed Forces. Will the hours of training and drilling to perform as a single unit transfer onto the water? Our Canadian Armed Forces Challenge Cup gives you a chance to race against other units, divisions and departments to cross that finish line first and be named champions!

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.


Past Participants include:

Leitrim Lightning (CFS Leitrim)
Navy Dragon Anchors
Nauti Dragons
Navy - Channel Fever
Dragon Flies



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



Early Bird Rate: $1300 (50 spots available)
Teams registered in the following divisions: $850 (25 spots available)

Teams outside North America: FREE


Registration includes:

  • Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
  • 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).