Summer Practice Season

About the Summer Practice Season 

The Barrie Public Library is excited to be working with community partner, Corporate Recess, to run this summer’s practice season! 

Team practices can be a fun way to spend your summer, while getting some exercise out on gorgeous Kempenfelt Bay. Every Team’s practice needs are different and it will be up to your Team Captain to discuss your practice schedule with you. 


Summer practice season generally begins in May/June (weather dependant).  


Teams meet at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival shed at the edge of Heritage Park. All practices are held on Kempenfelt Bay launching from the docks in the City of Barrie Marina (next to Heritage Park). View map

Map of Downtown Barrie with arrow pointing at City of Barrie marina dock location  

Booking a Practice  

It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to book your Team’s practices for the summer practice season. Your Team Captain will let you know the specific practice commitment for your individual team.   

All practices are coordinated and booked directly through the Library’s Community Partner, Corporate Recess.  

Please note, the Barrie Public Library does not provide information relating to practices, coaches, and/or steers. Please inquire with Jeff Aldridge of Corporate Recess for all practice arrangements. 

Practices Include: 

  • A trained Steersperson hired and trained by Corporate Recess. Your team may provide their own Steersperson, but they must be approved by Corporate Recess.  
  • Paddles and Lifejackets for your Team to use during practice 
  • Use of dragon boat for one hour practice 

Please note: All practices include a Steersperson but do not include a Coach. To book a coach for practices, please speak with Jeff Aldridge at Corporate Recess

Further practice details will be available shortly; practice booking begins in early spring.