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International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club

The IBWDBC's mission is to grow the sport of Dragon Boating while enhancing and promoting physical activity and healthy living at any age.

In 2015 the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club, in conjunction with the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Foundation, formed an official IBWDB Recreational Crew.   This crew traveled to other festivals to race, learn, fundraise, and promote our area and festival.  Due to overwhelming interest and support from the Rainy River District and Koochiching County, in 2016 the club formed a second crew to accommodate more skilled members. 2017 will see the addition of a Junior A team that will encourage young paddlers ages 12 to 19 to get fit and have fun on the water - for life!

Each year our team members assist with the IBWDB Annual Dragon Boat Festival, fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society Breast Cancer cause and promote the Foundation's mission to promote an active lifestyle at any age.  

During the summer months, coaches and team members provide a free weekly paddle open to the public (ages 12+) at 6:00 pm at the Sorting Gap Marina in Fort Frances, ON on Tuesdays. No experience is necessary, and we provide instruction, paddles and life jackets.  

During the off-season, our certified coaches and crew members host a free weekly poolside paddle and swim lessons (ages 12+) at the International Falls High School Pool in International Falls, MN at 6:30 pm on Thursdays.  The only cost is the $2 pool use fee charged by the facility.  Our coaches also host a free backwoods ski in Ray, MN on Saturdays at noon throughout the ski season that is free of charge, however participants must have their own equipment.

For more information on our teams and their community and fundraising efforts, please contact us at

2016 IBWDB Crew Paddlers

Annely Armstrong-Thorstad, DBC Level II Certified Coach & DBC Certified Official, Ray, MN
Greg Thorstad, Coach & DBC Certified Steersman, Ray, MN
Sydney Chalifoux, Coach & DBC Certified Steersman, Fort Frances, ON
Lois Lundin, Fitness Coach, International Falls, MN
Lincoln Dunn, DBC Certified Steersman, Emo, ON
Dr. Kimberly Ondo - International Falls, MN
Kym Whalen, Fort Frances, ON
Cindy Gauthier, Fort Frances, ON
Gillian Piccinato, Fort Frances, ON
Jones Samuel, Fort Frances, ON
Jennifer Tilander, International Falls, MN
Sandy Sundin, International Falls, MN
Greg Lundin, International Falls, MN
Damien Bjerketvedt, Superior, WI
Ann Lundquist, Bemidji, MN
Dr. Mike Wu, Fort Frances, ON
Dr. Carol Begin, Fort Frances, ON
Julie Ehrman, International Falls, MN
Tammy Sjoblom, International Falls, MN
Duane Sjoblom, International Falls, MN
Joey Payeur, Devlin, ON
Evan Caul, Fort Frances, ON
Jessie Reed, International Falls, MN
Michelle Coulson, Fort Frances, ON
Colin Brown, International Falls, MN
Jordan Toole, International Falls, MN
Anonymous, International Falls, MN
Franceline Auclair, Fort Frances, ON
Caryn Myers,Fort Frances, ON
Emma Cunningham, Fort Frances, ON
Daniela Klicper, Fort Frances, ON
Sonya Zuber, Fort Frances, ON
Mackenzie Holloway, Fort Frances, ON
Kelsea Hunsperger, Fort Frances, ON
Sam Hawken, Fort Frances, ON
Daniel Strickland, Fort Frances, ON
Lauren McGregor, Fort Frances, ON
Hunter Sannes, International Falls, MN
Leif van Leirop, International Falls, MN
Darrell Martindale, Emo, ON
Dorion Chambers, Fort Frances, ON
Sherry Wood, Fort Frances, ON
Leona Jones, Fort Frances, ON
Sylvia Smeeth, Devlin, ON
Jake Feisell, Fort Frances, ON
Jessie Reed, International Falls, MN
Kamil Niemcyzk, Fort Frances, ON
Chris Calder, Honourary Member, Fort Frances, MN



It's time to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, and ParticipACTION has the ultimate Play List to get you moving that includes150 activities that define our land and people - including DRAGON BOAT! So come out this summer, give paddling a try and pick up your FREE 150 Play List swag while supplies last.

Be sure to try as many activities as you can, track your efforts online and you can earn chances to win great prizes from ParticipACTION like gift cards, trips for two, or a brand new Chevrolet vehicle of your choice!

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge

Let's Get Teens Moving!

As part of the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge sponsored by Coca Cola Canada, this summer our club has pledged to help get teens paddling!   All teens ages 12 to 19 are encouraged to join us on the water each Tuesday night at 6:00 pm throughout the boating season.  We supply all of the equipment and qualified instruction so all you need to do is join us for a FREE evening of FUN and FITNESS!

We are also encouraging all other clubs in Borderland to extend a free trial, equipment, or facilities to teens in our communities to help alleviate the financial barriers for teens and their families when looking for options to get fit and have fun!


Regular Weekly Practice Paddle

Practices Starting the Week of May 18th at the Sorting Gap Marina

Monday - Mixed Competitive Crew Paddle (up to 2km)

Tuesdays - Youth, Recreational Crew & Community Paddle (Beginners to Intermediate - up to 500M)

Wednesdays - Mixed Competitive Crew Paddle (up to 2km)















       6:30 pm
Competitive Crew Paddle


       6:00 pm
Community, Youth Crew & Recreational Crew Paddle


       6:30 pm
Competitive Crew Paddle