The race is always fun, but the portages are tough!
Best part is finishing.
I’ve done a lot of races and this is one I love the most.
Best race in Ontario.
The paddling community at this race is wonderful.
Seventy teams from across the country participated in North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority’s 42nd Annual Mattawa River Canoe Race July 28, 2018. Paddlers launched from Olmsted Beach, North Bay and made their way through the 64 km trek, five mandatory portages and low water levels to Mattawa Island, competing for the top spot in the race. Check out our highlight video above!!
Fiona and Mike Vincent of Regina captured the Fastest Overall Time trophy, finishing with a time of 6:09:38, ahead of second place finishers Derek and Robert Reed from Sudbury with a time of 6:13:20.
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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July 14, 2019 at 11:59pm.
No registrations for the 64 km race will be accepted after this day.
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 race shirt.
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