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 starts 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, or you can order them online.  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 $7.87, Seniors/Students $5.16, Youth (Under 19) $5.16, Juniors (under 15) $3.80



Regatta Highlights

  • Taking place on the scenic Island Park and historic Allan A. Lamport regatta course.
  • A hot breakfast is available for purchase on the Island near the athletes’ area. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 – 10:00 AM.
  • 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.
  • DDRA Canada Day silver tankards will be presented to 1 st 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.
  • A hotel subsidy for the first 10 trailer drivers of clubs that drive a distance and need to stay overnight, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, above the Ferry Docks.
  • A flower ceremony for dragon-boat participants will be held in the middle of the day. Check the schedule for exact time.

Flower Ceremony

The flower ceremony has become an important tradition in breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat racing. Immediately following the breast cancer survivor races, survivor teams will come together in a place on the water where the spectators on shore can be part of the flower ceremony, and the boats are rafted together.

A breast cancer survivor will say a few words about breast cancer awareness, the importance of celebrating the lives of survivors, of offering hope to those still battling cancer, and of honouring those who tragically have lost the battle to the disease.

When the music begins, each paddler raises a pink flower above her head and holds the hand of a fellow paddler in the next boat. With flowers raised, the paddlers sway to the music, and the audience on shore, many of whom have relatives and friends affected by the disease, raise their flowers and sway with the paddlers. At a signal, the paddlers and those on the shore toss the pink flowers on the water, both to celebrate survival, and to remember those who did not survive.


Fun Races

There will be 3 fun races, pitting rowing shells against kayaks. The fee for the Mixed 2x vs Mixed K2 is $20.00, the fee for the Women’s 4X vs W K4 and the Men’s 4x vs Men’s K4 – is $40.00 for each event. Who will be the fastest? Check entry form to see if your club can be the rowing crew to beat the kayakers, or the kayakers to beat the rowers! First three kayak or rowing entries will be the kayak/rowing “standard bearers”.


Regatta Itinerary

  8:00 am First ferry to Centre Island 
  8:15 am Coaches Meeting (at the grandstand)
  9:00 am Racing starts
  5:00 pm Racing finished


Race Fees

Singles $10.00
Doubles $20.00
Fours $40.00
War Canoe $80.00
Singles $10.00
Doubles $20.00
Coxed 4X and 4+
Eights $80.00


– Association Fees For Member Clubs: $50.00

– There Will Be No Refund For Scratches

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 –

> 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 CKC – Western Ontario Division 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.