Dragon Boat

Though Dragon Boat Racing is over 2,000 years old, it is the world’s fastest growing team water sport. Since the formation of the IDBF in 1990, the sport has evolved to become a popular festival in support of local charities. Traditionally, a crew of 22 including a drummer, is required to race these massive 40 ft boats adorned with a dragon head and tail during race festivals. The WIFC is pleased to work with the Welland Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by local charitable organizations (Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Welland and Heritage Welland). This community event is a sprint over 500 meters and is held on the North Course of the WIFC.

Notable Dragon Boat events taken place at the WIFC:

• 2011 Canadian Dragon Boat Championships

• 2014 Canadian Dragon Boat Championships

Upcoming Dragon Boat events at the WIFC:

• Welland Dragon Boat Festival

2015 Canadian Dragon Boat Championships

2015 Pan American Club Crew Championships

2015 International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) 12th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships






Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to Present Gold Medals at the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

Aug 21st, 2015

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, will be in attendance in the afternoon of Saturday, August 22 , at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North Course for the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships. Her Honour will present gold medals to members of the winning team.


  • “Dragon Boat Canada is looking forward to our continued working partnership with the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation and we only expect the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships to flourish in years to come.The Welland International Flatwater Centre is a great asset to the dragon boat community and Dragon Boat Canada is excited to call the Welland International Flatwater Centre home for upcoming Championships”
    Chloe Greenhalgh, Executive Director of Dragon Boat Canada.

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