Alkame Dragon Boat Services

Guelph Dragon Boat Festival

Due to the World Nations Championships, and park availability, the Guelph Dragon Boat Festival will NOT take place in 2023. We highly encourage you and your teammates to attend the Hope Floats Dragon Boat Festival in its place!

Guelph Lake festival

Event Details


Category # of Races Before March 1 Before June 15 After June 15
Mixed Division 4+ 800.00 825.00 850.00
Women/BCS Division 4+ 800.00 825.00 850.00
Open Division 4+ 800.00 825.00 850.00
*2nd Gender Team 4+ 600.00 625.00 650.00

*2nd Gender Team only applies to a Women’s/Open team where 50% of the paddlers are also paddling on a registered Mixed team.

All prices are in CAD and do not include tax. All teams will also receive 25 park passes as part of their registration.


Guelph Lake, 7801 Conservation Road, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6J1

From Toronto, take Hwy 401 W towards Guelph.
Take exit 295, Hanlon Expressway towards Guelph.
Turn right onto Woodlawn Road.
Turn left onto Woolwich Street.
Turn right onto Conservation Road.
Turn right onto Wellington Road 38.
Take the 1st left onto Conservation Road.


Please note that all participants must have a park pass to enter the gates for free. Each team will receive 25 passes with registration; however, all additional team members or spectators would be required to pay the gate price. Enter through the main gate and park in the designated parking areas.


Race Format
Race Progression

  • All teams will be racing 200m in a “knock-out” style format, in each division.
  • All teams are guaranteed three 200m races but progressing teams could race up to 6 times in the 200m format.
  • All teams will use the first heat time to be seeded into a combined 2000m final. Teams who do not wish to participate in the 2000m final may withdraw from that race.

Races are set to begin at approximately 8:00am. Race head quarters will open at 7:00am for teams to complete any outstanding registration documents. Captain’s meeting to take place at 7:30am, marshalling for first race begins at 7:45am.


Gold, Silver & Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each A division final.

Gold medals will be awarded to the top team in every other division (B-Z).

Gold, Silver & Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each 2000m final.

Awards will be handed out after the conclusion of each division final.

We will present 25 medals per team; should you require additional medals, you may purchase them at a cost of $10 each.


Stay tuned for all of the exciting food, drink and merchandise vendors!

Are you interested in being a vendor at our event? We would love to have you!

Vendor fees are $125 +hst and all vendors receive:

  • A 10x10 space in a prime area of the park
  • Website & logo promotion on our Festival page
  • Promotion through our team information bulletins
  • The option to add a business card, promotional item or coupon to our team swag bags

Vendors who select to be Race Sponsors (for an additional $25) will also receive logo/website promotion on our race schedule (printed and online) and company promotion/announcements over the loud speaker throughout the festival.

*Please note: In order to best serve our participants, we reserve the right to turn down vendor applications if we feel as though the market is already covered in this area.

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Interested in being an Alkame Festival Series Sponsor? We are always looking for amazing partners to work with! Check out our Sponsorship Package today!


Are you interested in volunteering with us this year? The Alkame Festival Series is a great place to make friends, build new contacts, and gain work experience!

Come volunteer with us for a day! Enjoy a day outside where you will be helping the festival organizers with many possible tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Setting up and taking down equipment
  • Providing dock assistance
  • Being a runner for the finish line
  • Attending the parking lot

Volunteer opportunities are available in 4-hour time slots, and each volunteer will receive a shirt, lunch, AND a $25 bonus at the end of their shift! Students may also use these as high school volunteer hours (if approved by the school).

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Questions about this event? Need some help with registering? Send an email to


Due to the World Nations Championships, and park availability, the Guelph Dragon Boat Festival will not take place in 2023.

Rules of Racing

Rules of Racing - All Sport Teams using this event as a qualifier, must follow Division I rules as outlined on Page 7. All other teams will follow Division III rules outlined on Page 9.