Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

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The Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (TIDBRF), is an annual dragon boat regatta, first held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1988. It developed from the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival held in Vancouver, BC. An associated festival highlights Asian and other culture in Toronto.


Races were originally held at the Ontario Place West Channel at Ontario Place, and since 2007 races take place in the Main Channel at Centre Island, one of the Toronto Islands. The Main Channel race course is 500 m long and six lanes wide.

Format and Rules

Races occur over two days. Once separated into Community and Corporate categories, races were combined into the following categories for the 18th (2006) festival:

  • Premier Mixed (at least 8 women)
  • Premier Women (all women)
  • Junior Mixed (at least 8 girls)

In addition to divisional finals seeded by aggregate time from two heats, there are also industry finals for teams representing groups in certain categories. In 2006, these were:

  • Community groups
  • Non-profit groups and charities
  • Universities
  • Other education groups
  • Hospitals
  • Industries
  • Breast cancer survivors
  • Technology & Communications companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies


  • Toronto Star GTA Section June 25. 2005 B3

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