Charity Race Recipients

Canadian Redcross

Kids Cancer Foundation

Wing Kei Foundation

Calgary Chinese Community Service Association

Cornerstone Youth Centre

Give a Mile

Sistership Dragon Boat


See 2011 Charity Race in action YouTube video (6mins)...


Sinopec Dragon Boat Charity Race

Starting in 2011, the CDBS created the Dragon Boat Charity Race to help raise awareness & funds for a selected organization from the community of Calgary.

Each year, +100 participants from all levels of government, business and community experience the spirit of Dragon Boating by paddling in race of 5 teams, while helping to raise awareness and funds for the Charity Race Recipient.

The Calgary Dragon Boat Society Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the
Sistership Dragon Boat Association is this year’s Dragon Boat Race Charity Recipients.

Scroll towards bottom of webpage to see Charity Race Program Schedule...

Please join us in welcoming Sistership Dragon Boat Association to the Dragon Boat Community!!!

Our Story

Sistership was started in 1998 by a group of women from Calgary. Each one had experienced breast cancer and they set about forming the first dragon boat racing team in Alberta comprised of persons living with the disease. Their commitment to learn to paddle a dragon boat became a symbol of this group’s quest to rebuild the health and confidence eroded by a cancer diagnosis. Belonging to this team meant uniting in a group effort toward a common goal and served to motivate and empower these members while reducing the loneliness of the cancer experience.

This year, the Sistership Dragon Boat Association will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Congratulations!!!


Charity Race Program Schedule

August 2nd

Charity Paddler Registrations Deadline.

August 11th

05:00pm – Charity Race Practice Session @ Docks

  * Parking may be available at or near Calgary Canoe Club on practice day.

August 13th
10:00am - VIP & Charity Paddler Registration @ Big Tent (VIP Area)
10:45am - Paddlers Line up at Marshalling area @ docks
11:10am - Dragon Boat Charity Race @ docks
11:45am - Charity Race Welcome Remarks @ Big Tent (VIP Area)
               - Welcome remarks
               - Awards Presentations & Speeches
12:15pm - VIP Charity Lunch Reception @ Big Tent (VIP Area)
               - Charity Race Recipient Awards Presentations & Speeches
12:30pm - Multi-cultural Entertainment @ Main Stage
01:00pm - Dragon Boat Racing resumes @ docks
02:00pm - Traditional Cultural Music  @ Main Stage
03:00pm - Live Band - "Back in the Day"  @ Main Stage
03:30pm - Awards Ceremonies @ Main Stage

 * PARKING is available at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino. See details for Parking and Shuttle Bus.
 * Overall Festival schedule...


Charity Dragon Boats Teams & Captains
- Sistership Dragon Boat Association - Karin McGown
- Community and Media - Jenny Yu
- Canada China Chamber of Commerce - Khalid Bai
- Volunteers - Sara
- Government - Grace Ma

Dragon Boat Charity Race distance is 200m long.
See video example...


Schedule updated: July 25, 2017