Concrete toboggan & concrete canoe team

Concrete TobogganThe University of Waterloo Concrete Toboggan Team is a student design team that competes in The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR), an annual competition that originated in 1974 and has grown to be the longest running engineering competition in Canada.

The goal of this competition is to design, build and race a toboggan that must: hold five students, have a concrete sliding surface, have a steering system, have a braking system, have a protective roll-cage, and be less than 300 pounds. The University of Waterloo Concrete Toboggan Team has long been successful at this competition, with an impressive five known past overall victories (1995, 1997, 1998, 2002 & 2008) as well as numerous runner up and special mention awards. This makes Waterloo the most successful university at GNCTR in the past 20 years.


Concrete canoe logoThe University of Waterloo Concrete Canoe Team is a student design team that will compete in the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition (CNCCC). The team formed as a part of the Concrete Toboggan Team in 2013 and comes in the CNCCC each May. The CNCCC is held every year and has students design a concrete canoe that must float when submerged and be raced during sprint and endurance events. Teams are also tasked to give an oral presentation and write a technical report on the design, construction and project management process for their canoe.


As a member of the University of Waterloo Concrete Teams, each student will develop a set of skills based on their level of commitment & areas of interest. As a member, you will develop technical design skills in a variety of areas including concrete mix, concrete reinforcement, aluminum framing, brakes, steering, and canoe design. Members can be involved in all aspects of the team, including design, construction, project management, fundraising, recruiting sponsors, team promotion, and coordination of team spirit. Finally, these competitions allows students to travel across the country to represent their school on a national level.