After last year where some of us attended the Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival but many were shut out due to a sold out event, we have decided to attend this new Ice Dragon Boat event instead this year in Fort Frances (west of Thunder Bay). The event is limited to 20 teams and we would like to fields two teams.
Ice Dragon boats are specially rigged boats with skis underneath and an arm at the back that the steersperson can turn the skis under the back of the boat. Paddlers use special poles with spikes on them instead of paddles. Otherwise it is similar to regular dragon boating with synchronization, except weight balance is not as important and its also a wee bit colder. Side benefit - It's way easier to load and unload the boats!
Registration is now open for participants. There is no restriction on who can register to join these collective teams (anyone from Canada, USA, or beyond).
Cost: $50 Canadian or $42 US Dollars. Flights are about $350 return (Porter flies from Toronto Island to Thunder Bay daily). It's a 18 hour drive or more, so one option is to dive and sight-see there (Canadian northern side), then take USA southern route on way back (abound Great Lakes.
Each team consists of 10 "paddlers". No drummer is needed and the event organizers supply the steersperson. Click the red button below to register.
The official web page for the event is HERE.