Barrie's Ultimate Dragon Boating Adventure!

Hop in on one of our open paddle sessions!

  • Special events (Dock Yoga, Moonlit Paddles, Networking Paddles)
  • Casual paddling fun
  • Ideal for individuals and small groups

Group Bookings

Book a private event for your group!

  • Focused team building
  • Book up to 4 boats (max group size = 80 people)
  • Ideal for companies, clubs, and youth groups 

Paddle in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, August 17th, 2024

Register through the Barrie Public Library (HOST)

register your team

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is organized through the Barrie Public Library and held at Heritage Park on Kempenfelt Bay

Each team will race a minimum of three times on Saturday (weather permitting)

Each race can accommodate 20 paddlers + a drummer (21 total) and each team must have a minimum of 8 paddlers who identify as female

Ages 14+ (or turning 14 in 2024)

Cost: $1000 from Feb 1st-April 30th or $1200 from May 1st – Aug 1st

Each team must raise a minimum of $500 for their desired charity 

Registration and payment can be made by contacting the Barrie Public Library at

book your practices

Prepare your team for the Festival by booking summer practice sessions through Corporate Recess, available from June 1st to Aug 18th

Each practice includes a steersperson who will guide your boat

It is highly recommended to also hire an instructional coach to get the most out of your dragon boat experience as well as prep your team for a successful and fun festival.


Practices are $150/practice

Payment can be made via e-transfer to

what the lake & Dragons Help with:

  • Ultimate teamwork required – you either paddle together – or not at all!
  • Take turns being the drummer to help keep your boat in sync
  • We’re OUTSIDE and on the WATER! That means fresh air, sunny skies, and a cool lake breeze – a fun way to reset and relax the mind
  • Motivational physical activity – cheer each other on while paddling
  • Mutual feeling of accomplishment and pride
  • Fosters responsibility, trust, and morale amongst team members

Why Team building

Corporate Recess aims to target multiple areas of life’s challenges through dragon boat paddling and racing. A day with us will improve socialization, leadership, teamwork, and the ability to learn and adapt to new skills quickly. You’ll be out of the office and in the presence of a serene lake all while sharing memories with your colleagues. In addition to strengthening the cohesiveness of the company, dragon boating is a wonderful way of expressing your gratitude to your employees.


what is dragon boating?

Dragon Boating is a Chinese tradition and sport over 2000 years old. With a crew of 10-20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersperson, each team paddles a boat over 40 ft long, weighing over a tonne, typically in a race with 4-6 other boats. Dragon boating is currently the fastest growing water sport in the world.

As Barrie locals that grew up on Kempenfelt Bay, we know how much Barrie residents love Lake Simcoe. More than anything, we LOVE dragon boating, and we just want to share its magic with the community of Barrie.

Dragon boating is one of the few sports where in order to succeed – you must compete, work, and rally to meet your goals – together. Its team building in its rawest form. Every single person is equally important and everyone has the same job – to paddle in unison. That’s why dragon boating is one of the best activities to foster communication, camaraderie, and confidence for your team – you work together, or you’ll end up in “deep water!”

Contact us

Learn more about Corporate Recess and what we can do to help your business, group, or community grow as a team!