Mattawa River Canoe Race

The race is always fun, but the portages are tough!

Rene Boogemans Rene Boogemans

Best part is finishing.

Matthew Porteous Matthew Porteous

I’ve done a lot of races and this is one I love the most.

Yves Villeneuve Yves Villeneuve

Best race in Ontario.

Mark Clout Mark Clout

The paddling community at this race is wonderful.

Barry Cull and Erwin Ellen Barry Cull and Erwin Ellen

July 23, 2016 - An Awesome Race Day!

Congratulations to Joanna Faloon of Ottawa and Christoph Weber of Chelsea Quebec for capturing the 2016 Fastest Overall Time Trophy, finishing with a time of 6:21:53, less than a minute ahead of second place finishers Don Stoneman of Cambridge and Chris Prater of London with a time of 6:22:51.

Two new records were set:
Shawn Urban - Kayak - 6:46:12
Tom Phillips and Mike DeAbreu - C2 Expedition - 6:38:35

Fifty-six teams took part in the 64 km Mattawa River Canoe Race.  Another 7 teams took part in the 13 km Family Race.  Check out the Race Results!

Grab Your Paddle!  It's only 64 km!

Race with the pros or join the recreational paddlers as they paddle and portage their canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards 64 km from Trout Lake, North Bay to the Mattawa Island Conservation Area.  

The scenery is spectacular, the portages are challenging, the pride of accomplishment earns you bragging rights for following in the historic wake of Voyageurs who followed the path of the Huron and Ojibway as they travelled this Heritage River enroute between the Great Lakes to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

A 13 km family and youth race launches from Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, joining the finish line at  Mattawa Island (with only 1 portage) to give beginners and up-and-coming paddlers a taste of the river and the race.

Can you beat the 1995 record for the fastest finish of
5 hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds?

Awards Banquet

The coveted NBMCA Mattawa River Canoe Race Trophy is awarded to the team with the best overall time. Category champions are awarded with unique medals. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each category with Category champions being honoured with a unique medal that captures the spirit of the race and the region.  Participants who pre-register by June 30 receive a memento of their accomplishment.

Paddlers who have participated in the race for five, ten, or fifteen years enter the Five and Dime Club and receive commemorative pins. (Would you believe there are paddlers who've raced 25+ years?  And the oldest paddler - 78 years young!)

All proceeds from the race and sponsorships support the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority’s Stewardship and Outreach Programs including the Chippewa Creek EcoPath and the Adopt-the-Creek Program and Restore Your Shore.

For more information, please contact the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

Paula Loranger at (705) 474-5420 ext. 2002 or Email Us

Historic Voyageur Route 

Thanks to our 2017 major sponsors

BDO Redpath

Sanctioned Race


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