Youth Challenge Cup

You are in awe of some of the teams at the festival. Their power, their speed, their timing, a thing of beauty. You know you will get there one day; it just takes patience and dedication. In the meantime, it would be great to compete against your peers. Well look no further, our Youth Challenge Cup is for teams whose members are a minimum of 12 years of age and a maximum of 17 years of age before June 1st of the given year.


Past Participants include:

Faucons (Académie Ste-Thérèse)
Ottawa River Canoe Club - Youth
FOCCCO Chinese Freemasons
Chinese Community Association of Ottawa



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).