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Dragons Abreast Toronto

Established in 1997, Dragons Abreast Toronto is the second breast cancer paddler dragon boat team in the world.  Our team is dedicated to improving fitness and quality of life for breast cancer survivors, demonstrating through dragon boat racing that anyone with breast cancer can lead an active life full of adventure. By taking part in this challenging, yet gratifying sport, we strive to achieve our personal best in hopes of empowering and inspiring others who are going through this journey.

We are a diverse community of people who have shared a life-changing experience, and the dragon boat is a symbol of our survivorship and strength. We come together to paddle and to race, and we benefit from the friendship, support, and comradery we share with our teammates.

We dedicate our passion and commitment to dragon boat racing to our pink sisters who will always paddle with us in spirit.

Contact Information:

We welcome new members – no previous paddling experience required.

To contact the team, please email:

For information about becoming a member, please email:

2019 Upcoming Practices, Races and Events

Reminder re this weekend Paddle the Humber Event —- see poster here:            Paddle The Humber flyer

Dragons Abreast Fundraiser

Sunday, Sep 22 10am

Decide whether it will be a Kayak Canoe  or  SUP  to Paddle The Humber.
The weather is looking pretty good.  Sunny and mid-20s!!

Still available are 6 kayaks, 2 tandem kayaks, 5 canoes, and 3 SUP. Please share on your social
media. 100% of the proceeds go to the team.

After paddling, chow down with a delicious lunch at Firkin On The Bay, on beautiful lakeside. Our
all-inclusive coach bus will take you there and back.

Ladies, Richard is putting himself out there to entertain you.  It will be crazy fun!
There are gift cards, and gift baskets to be raffled, with lots of other loot to give away. For
that baseball fan you know, there is a Blue Jays jersey that will be up for auction. The jersey is
signed by ace pitcher, Aaron Sanchez. Please share us on Facebook, email, etc.
If you cannot make it to the paddling, come for lunch.

Book your choice of boat and lunch. Here is the link:

•     Free parking at Kings Mill Park.
•     Easy 10 minute walk from the Old Mill TTC subway station.
•     Arrive at 10:00 A.M at Kings Mill Park to register, select your paddles, boats and flotation
•     Remember to bring your receipt as proof of purchase for boat and lunch selections.
•     Special paddling tips and instructions will be given by Toronto Adventures guide at 10 am.
•     Experienced Toronto Adventures guide will accompany us on the water.
•     Paddling begins at 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
•     Comfy coach bus will take us to lakeside, Firkin On The Bay, for lunch.
•     Coach bus returns to Kings Mill Park at 3.30 P.M. and 4:45 P.M.



Events Calendar here:

August 2019

Saturdays – rep crew lake practice (Sunnyside) 8:30-10:00 am (Aug 10, 17, 24, 31)

Tuesdays – lake practice *updated to 7:20 -8:20 pm as of August 13, 2019

Thursdays – lake practice *updated to 7:20 -8:20 pm as of August 13, 2019

August 6 – “Open Boat” – invitation to all breast cancer survivors to try out this exciting sport

August 8 – “Open Boat” – invitation to all breast cancer survivors to try out this exciting sport

August 10 – Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival – Join us and support Dragons Abreast Toronto

August 17 – Teddy Bears Picnic – Location: Dragons Abreast Memorial Bench

September 2019

Sep 7, 8 – GWN Dragon Boat Challenge (Marilyn Bell Park, Toronto)

Sep 22 – Paddle the Humber event (Humber River with Toronto Adventures, Firkin on the Bay Restaurant) 10:00am


Dragons Abreast 2018 Year in Review:


Dragons Abreast Toronto is honored and grateful for the generous sponsorship of Anita Canada,

who supports our mission and provides vital funding to offset our operating costs.

Clubs and Associations

As members of the Sunnyside Paddling Club, our exceptional coaching staff and beautifully maintained dragon boats are made available to the team.

Dragons Abreast Toronto is proud to be members of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission. The IBCPC’s mandate is to encourage the establishment of breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness. The Commission supports the development of recreational dragon boat paddling as a contribution to a healthy lifestyle for those diagnosed with breast cancer.