Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join a team?

If you are interested in paddling, but can’t get your own team together, consider joining an existing team. Some of our registered teams are looking for paddlers of different experience levels. Check out our Join a Team page. For questions or more information about joining a team, please contact us!

How much does it cost to register a team?

Register your team before March 31, 2018 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $1,00.00 and also receive one free practice! From April 1, 2018 onwards the team registration fee will be $1,200.00. Additional practices can be purchased for $110.00.

How much do team practices cost?

Teams registered before the early bird deadline will receive one complimentary practice. Teams registered after the early bird deadline are invited to purchase practices for $110.00 per session.

How do I manage my team online?

Please refer to our team captain’s manual for step by step instructions. This manual will show you how to add paddlers to your team’s roster, schedule practices, fill out waivers, and more.

How do I get to Heritage Park?

Barrie is accessible from several different directions. See our map to find the way that is easiest for you. It also shows the municipal parking lots close to Heritage Park.

Where can I park near the waterfront?

We encourage all participants and spectators to take advantage of carpooling and/or Public Transit. However, if you do choose to drive, here’s a link to the City of Barrie’s  downtown parking map. More information on parking rates, etc. can be found here.

Where can I stay when I come to Barrie?

There are plenty of places to stay in Barrie. “Residence and Conference Centre – Barrie” are the official accommodations provider to the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival. For other accommodations, visit the Where to Stay pages of the Greater Barrie Visitor and Convention Bureau’s website.

Where can we find a coach for our team?

Please note that registration practices and paid practices include a steers-person but do not include a coach. If you wish to book a coach for practices, you are responsible to contract with them directly on a one-to-one basis. We are happy to provide a list of available coaches in the area.

Is my team required to raise money for charity?

Yes. Each team is required to raise $500.00 minimum for the charity of your choice. The team that raises the most money at the 2018 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival will be the recipient of the Barrie Dragon Boat Tim Hortons Cup. Congratulations to Grove Park Home for being the Top Fundraising Team in 2017!

Where do Proceeds go?

Since 2003, teams have supported over 60 charities across Simcoe County and Ontario receiving over $1.75 million dollars in donations. Funds raised through the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and invested directly back into our community through the incredible work of local charitable organizations. We encourage you to read more about which organizations the festival teams are raising funds for.

What will the layout of the festival look like?

The festival ground will consist of five areas Vendor Village, Team village, Dragon’s Lair, Health & Wellness and Team Registration, and  Marshalling Area (which is not public). Here is a Dragon Boat Festival – 2018 Site Plan for your convenience.

Where will the team village and what does it look like?

The DragonBoatFestival2018 – TeamVillage will show you what the layout of team village will look like. Also, if you view the link in the question above you will see a different view of the village and surrounding area.