LONDON DRAGON BOAT
The source of Dragon Boat info in London, Ontario and surrounding area.
exerpt is from Wikipedia
boat racing as a modern sport
racing distances are normally over 200m or 250m, 500m, 1000m and 2000m,
with formal Rules of Racing.
The Hong Kong Tourism Bureau helped move dragon boat racing into the modern era by donating teak dragon boats to countries around the world. In 1986, the Hong Kong Pavillion at Expo 86 donated 4 teak dragon boats to the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Community leaders in Vancouver quickly saw the potential in creating a multicultual event that would bring together the Chinese and non-Chinese citizens for a fun event and festival, giving birth to the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival, now known as the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. The original boats were loaned/rented to Toronto, Victoria, Seattle and Los Angeles and quickly helped spread the seeds for modern dragon boat racing throughout North America. Taiwanese style dragon boats have also been donated to sister cities in North America to help found the Portland Kaoshung Dragon Boat races in Portland Oregon, USA. 
Today, dragon boat racing (sport and festival) is among the fastest growing of team water sports, with tens of thousands of participants in various organisations and clubs in around 60 countries - most of which are IDBF members or applicants for Membership. The sport is recognised for the camaraderie, strength and endurance fostered amongst participants, and it has also become a very popular corporate and charitable sport.
Three of the biggest events outside Asia are the Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival held in Toronto, Ontario, the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia and the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival held in Ottawa, Ontario. Each Festival features 180 teams and are held on the weekend nearest the Summer Solstice in accordance with traditional Chinese dragon boat traditions.