Alkame Dragon Boat Services

Hamilton Waterfest

Proudly hosted and provided by Alkame Dragon Boat Services

When: Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Bayfront Park

Welcome to the Hamilton Waterfest (Dragon Boat Festival)!

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2019 DBC Race Series

Event Details


Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 1C8

From Toronto, take Hwy 401 W towards Hamilton.
Take the Queen Elizabeth Way and Hwy 403 W.
Take exit 73 to York Blvd.
Turn left onto Bay Street N.
Turn left onto Harbour Front Drive.


Parking is free.


Mixed Division - $895.00 +HST

Women’s Division - $895.00 +HST

BCS Division - $895.00 +HST

University/Youth Division - $895.00 +HST

All teams have the opportunity to practice twice prior to festival day. Practice schedule will be sent out approx. 1 month prior to the festival for booking. Teams that require a steersperson for practices can book one for an additional $100/practice.

Donations: Bay Area Restoration Council - More info to come!


Races are set to begin at approximately 8:00am. Race head quarters will open at 7:00am for teams to complete any outstanding registration documents. Captain’s meeting to take place at 7:15am, marshalling for first race begins at 7:45am.

Race schedule will be posted one week prior to race date. Teams are asked to arrive no later than 1 hour prior to their first scheduled race.

Race Format: Round 1 (200m), Round 2 (500m), for a combined time. Combined time seeds you into your division for final round (500m). Each team has the option of racing the 2km finale.

Race Format Updated July 2, 2019
The official race format is an overview of the day's race progression, race statistics, and awards ceremonies.

Race Progression Updated July 4, 2019
A detailed view of the day's races with crew names and lane numbers.


Gold, Silver & Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in the A Division.

Gold medals will be awarded to the top team in every other division (B-Z).

There will be no medals awarded for optional races; these races are for fun only!

We will present 25 medals per team; should you require additional medals, you may purchase them at a cost of $10 each.

Awards will be handed out after the conclusion of each division final.


Are you interested in being a vendor at the Hamilton Waterfest? This year, we have a great opportunity for all vendors, whether new to our festival or returning clients!

Our goal for the 2019 festival is to greatly increase the festival experience for both our paddlers and our vendors. With over 30 teams anticipated to participate, this is a great opportunity to promote your products or company to hundreds of athletes and spectators of all ages.

2019 Vendor Package:

  • 10x10 vendor space, reserved in a prime location in Bayfront Park (Festival site)
  • Logo & website promotion on our Festival webpage
  • Vendor promotions on the loud speaker throughout the festival
  • Cost: $125.00

As an added benefit to your company, for an additional $25.00 your company can become a “Race Sponsor”. As a Race Sponsor, your logo will be high-lighted as the sponsor on our race schedule and your company will be announced as the sponsor of that individual race.

Vendors are permitted to set-up between the hours of 6:00am-7:00am, and take-down can happen after 5:00pm or at the conclusion of the race day (whichever comes first). Due to the nature of the public space, it is recommended that vendors do not leave any merchandise or personal belongings in the park over-night.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact

View Vendor Rules & Guidelines


As of January 1st, 2019, Alkame Dragon Boat Services is the new owner and operator of Lively Dragon events. Our mission is to continue the legacy that Jackie & Ramsay have begun, by providing our teams, vendors and communities with down-to-earth, positive, and honest communication, teamwork, and most of all fun, both before and during our festivals. Should you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to reach out to us!

New for 2019:

  • A brand-new online registration platform for both teams and vendors.
  • Waivers and rosters will now be completed 100% online. Team Captains will receive instructions via email 1 month prior to the event.
  • Following the rules of Dragon Boat Canada, all athletes racing must be listed on team rosters, with a maximum of 30 per team. Roster checks will be completed in the final round of racing for each team and each team member must provide us with valid photo identification.

Please direct any other questions you may have to


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If you are interested in volunteering for this event please view details and sign up here.


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