Government Challenge Cup


You are at the heart of our country, the ones that make everything tick. Each department toiling to keep the country running smoothly. Now is the time to relax, have some fun and bond with your coworkers in our Government Challenge Cup. Prove that your team is the most cohesive and efficient as you paddle to victory!

The Government Challenge Cup races are designed to increase competition among teams whose members work for federal, provincial or municipal governments.


Past Participants include:

EDC - Export Dragon Crew (EDC)
Panaceaa (CNSC)
Wakebusters (Natural Resources Canada)
Cowater International (Cowater International)
Dragon Behind (Canadian Labour Congress)
Bureaucrats On Board (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada)
CNSC Heavy Water Dragons (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
Border Dragons (Canada Border Services Agency)
Carbon Raiders (Sustainable Development Technology Canada)
Original Banksters (Bank of Canada)
Throwing Trade (Global Affairs Canada)
Paddlin' Hellfish
Waterborne Pathogens (NRC)



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:

  • 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).