Mattawa River Canoe Race


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

Rene Boogemans


Best part is finishing.

Matthew Porteous


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

Yves Villeneuve


Best race in Ontario.

Mark Clout


The paddling community at this race is wonderful.

Barry Cull and Erwin Ellen

Race scheduled for July 24, 2021 cancelled due to COVID-19.

Grab Your Paddle in 2022!  - July 23, 2022

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.

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Registration Deadline: 

July 8, 2022 at 11:59pm. 

No registrations for the 64 km race will be accepted after this day.

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.  

Paddlers who have participated in the race for five, ten, or fifteen years enter the Five and Dime Club and receive commemorative pins. Special acknowledgement for those who have paddled 20, 25 and 30 years in the race!!  (Would you believe there are paddlers who've raced 25+ years?  And the most senior paddler - 78 years young!)

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

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

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

2018 MATTAWA RIVER CANOE RACE WAS AWESOME!!! - Watch the highlight reel below!

Thanks to our 2021 Race Major Sponsors!


Sanctioned Race


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