Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenges

Registration opens September 18th, 2019!

Scroll to the bottom of this page for dates and locations.

The whistle blows and they’re off: cardboard boats of varying descriptions and sizes gliding to the other side of the pool, their builders madly paddling for all they’re worth. For those with good designs and a bit of luck, the cardboard vessels not only make it across the length of the pool, they also hold the weight of team members as they pile in, one by one.

For over 20 years, Skills Ontario has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario, testing the student’s ability to build a floating structure that will outperform all others in speed and weight challenges.

Both elementary and secondary schools participate - on separate days. Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must bring their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4' by 8' corrugated cardboard and some duct tape.

Video Challenges

Meanwhile, teams of two record their boat building peer’s progress from the construction stage to the races in the pool, as they work to capture the best video of the action. The student videographers then edit and produce a promotional video at their schools. Once submitted, each production is judged, the winners are selected and teams are provided with a scoring breakdown.

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteer judges at many of our Cardboard Boat Races. If you are interested in volunteering in this position, please contact us today at boatraces@skillsontario.com !

Volunteer flyer

Tentative Dates & Locations

More dates and locations will be added in the next several weeks. If the event that you are looking to register for is not listed below, or is listed as TBA, please contact boatraces@skillsontario.com. We are still working to confirm certain venues, and will only open registration for them once they are fully booked. If you contact us to express your interest in a specific location, we will be in touch when registration opens for that race.

Elementary Races

DATE OF EVENT LOCATION
25 October, 2019 Dryden, Dryden Pool and Fitness Centre
30 October, 2019 Marathon, Marathon High School
5 November, 2019 Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie YMCA
26 November, 2019 Thunder Bay, Lakehead University
27 November, 2019 Bracebridge, Bracebridge Sportsplex
14 January, 2020 Fergus (1), Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex
15 January, 2020 Fergus (2), Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex
20 January, 2020 Ottawa (1)*, Confederation Education Centre/Nepean Sports Plex
21 January, 2020 Brantford (1), Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
22 January, 2020 Brantford (2), Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
27 January, 2020 Ottawa (2)*, Confederation Education Centre/Nepean Sports Plex
29 January, 2020 Belleville, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
18 February, 2020 Toronto, Tait McKenzie Pool, York University
25 February, 2020 Espanola, A.B. Ellis Public School
   

 

 

Secondary Races

DATE OF EVENT LOCATION
24 October, 2019 Leamington, Kinsmen Recreation Complex
7 November, 2019 Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie Y.M.C.A.
25 November, 2019 Ottawa*, Confederation Education Centre/Nepean Sports Plex
26 November, 2019 Belleville, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
27 November, 2019 Thunder Bay, Lakehead University
3 December, 2019 London, H.B. Beal Secondary School
20 February, 2020 Toronto, Tait McKenzie Pool, York University
24 February, 2020 Espanola, A.B. Ellis Public School
   

 *Denotes bilingual races

 

Cardboard Boat Race Championships will be held at the Quinte West Sports and Wellness Centre in Belleville!

 

Elementary Cardboard Boat Race Championships

Thursday, March 5th, 2020 
Registration begins at 9:00 am

 

Secondary Cardboard Boat Race Championships

Friday, March 6th, 2020
Registration begins at 9:00 am