Ferry Directions

The Toronto Island Ferry service docks at Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island & Ward’s Island. The Mainland Ferry Terminal, located at the Bay Street & Queen’s Quay West intersection, is a ten minutes walk from Union Station.

Public transit to the terminal includes the Bay 6 bus and the Harbourfront L.R.T. Abundant user-pay parking can be found nearby. Bicycles may be taken on the ferry. Although some restrictions apply during peak periods.

The Centre Island ferry schedule has been arranged to start earlier, at 7:30 am (and runs every 30 minutes).  You can buy tickets on race day or in blocks of 10 in advance at 10% savings.  They are available at the ferry terminal gate at the foot of Bay Street by the water.  All participants are encouraged to catch the earliest ferry they can, as this is a busy holiday weekend and there will be thousands of people flocking to the Island!

Passenger fees for the ferry: Adults $7, Seniors/Students $4.5, Juniors (under 15) $3.5



Regatta Highlights

  • Taking place on the scenic Island Park and historic Allan A. Lamport regatta course.
  • For dragon-boaters:Docks for easier access to the boats. Two 32′ docks with ramps will be installed for dragon boaters. Canoe and rowing participants will wet launch, as usual.
  • This is a Canoe/Kayak Masters regatta, open to all Masters Canoe/Kayak Canada members in good standing, from all divisions across the country.
  • For Canoe: There will be Men’s, Women’s and Mixed events, K1, K2, K4 and C1, C2, C4 and War Canoe.
  • Rowing events are offered for singles, doubles, quads, fours with cox and eights for U17, U19, U 23, Senior and Masters as well as (new for 2014) Mixed Recreational Eight.
  • DDRA Canada Day beer steins will be presented to 1st place finishers for each final race.
  • A subsidy of $100.00 for each club trailer brought over to the Centre Island course and a $50.00 meal allowance for the driver of each tow vehicle.

Regatta Itinerary

  7:30 am First ferry to Centre Island 
  8:15 am Coaches Meeting (at the grandstand)
  9:00 am Racing starts
  4:55 pm Racing finished


Race Fees

Singles $  9.00
Doubles $18.00
Fours $45.00
War Canoe $75.00
Singles $  9.00
Doubles $18.00
Coxed 4X and 4+
Eights $75.00


– Association Fees For Member Clubs: $50.00

– There Will Be No Refund For Scratches

Onsite Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

The DDRA once again welcomes Keisha Davis-Mackay to the Canada Day Regatta. Keisha will be offering professional 15-minute massage therapy sessions for any interested paddlers or their guests. She will be charging a very reasonable rate for her services (likely $15). She will have her own area with a sun canopy and side screens for privacy, and have her own table for her clients. Keisha is well-known to many paddlers for treating a variety of their issues over the years, and she is highly recommended for any of your massage therapy needs. Keisha will have a schedule that paddlers can sign up for onsite at the event. We encourage you to take advantage of these onsite services. Keisha will also be handing out samples of her famous home-made muscle relaxant.

Race Sponsorships

The DDRA would like to thank our race sponsors for this special event. We offered sponsorship packages for each race for a nominal fee in return for advertisement of the business on our website and in our programs.

> Ontario Civil Service Credit Union –

> Keisha Davis-Mackay, RMT –

> Rusty Dragons Adventures –

> CanDock Ontario –

> Toronto Paragon Lions Club

> Paramount Banquet & Chinese Cuisine

Bring your friends!

This is a very special event that brings together rowing, canoe, kayak and dragon boat enthusiasts from the Western Ontario Division CKC and beyond, including both experienced and beginner paddlers. Paddlers and rowers are encouraged to bring their friends and families out to the island and enjoy the park, the racing, and the view of the city and lake. The regatta includes racing of dragon boats, canoes (C1, C2, C4 and C15 war canoes), kayaks (K1, K2, K4), and rowing shells (Singles, Doubles, Quads, Cox Four, Eights). The dragon boat teams are mixed teams, while other races are for various age and gender groups.