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Fort Frances - International Falls 7th Annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival

Competition or Sporting Event

Property of the IBWDBF

For 2018 we will launch boats from both sides of the border to race down the center of the Rainy River! We will also feature the return of the International Tug of War, with a 1,200 foot rope stretched across the river with three tugs: Community, Paddler and the Power pull for the Cup!

Paddle, cheer , visit our vendors and meet Guoji, our 40 foot dragon mascot! The International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival is fun for the whole family. No experience is necessary as dragon boat is for everyone at all fitness levels!

Don't miss out on the Dueling Dragons Tug of War! A unique opportunity for racers and spectators alike to jump in the boats and "paddle it out" in a dragon boat for the Energy Cup. Join us for our opening ceremonies where we "awaken the dragons" and all are welcome to participate in our Flower Ceremony to honour those cancer survivors, caregivers and all who have gone before us.

All proceeds to local charities.

Participation Requirements (if any)

300 Metre Races

Teams are of a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 20 paddlers. Mixed teams must have a minimum of 10 female paddlers. All teams must have a drummer and a steersman. Certified festival steers are available at no extra cost.


Teams are able to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit fee to ensure their place in the festival until May 1st, 2017. The $650.00 CAD per team fee is due in full no later than June 30th, 2018 and there will be NO REFUNDS after June 1st, 2018.

All signed waivers and completed rosters must be handed in NO LATER than the start of your first practice.

Intoxication is grounds for immediate disqualification. Individuals are responsible for their own equipment, tents, and personal items brought with them to the festival grounds.

Individuals will be held responsible and will be expected to replace any equipment owned by the Foundation that they damage or break.

Festival race officials will have the last word on all race times, lineups, and judgments.

Team members may be registered for more than one team, however festival officials are not responsible for scheduling conflicts. It is up to the individual paddlers to manage and choose their own availability.

Team camp space at the waterfront will be provided free of charge to all registered teams.

All teams are allowed two free practices over the two weeks prior to festival date, and all bookings are made on a first come, first serve basis. Teams from out of town can make arrangements based on travel and IBWDB Club availability. (Please see the available practice times and dates on the official practice schedule posted on this site)


* BCS Cup
* Manufacturer's Cup
* Civic Cup


* Ensure to drop off one of your team t-shirts and corresponding swag at the registration tent for a chance to win the "BEST TEAM LOOK AWARD"!

* Don't forget to decorate your team's tent for the chance to win the "BEST TEAM CAMP AWARD"!

* Be sure to list your team name on the top of your roster form for the chance to win the "BEST TEAM NAME AWARD"!


This new event features teams of 8 paddlers, seated facing each other in the boat for a full on, power paddle duel on the water! Registration is taken the day of the festival. $5 per person.

Accessibility Notes

Accessible in Canada and the US

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome but they must be leashed.


What does it cost?

$650.00 CAD per team of a minimum of 16 paddlers and a maximum of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersman (we can provide steers).