JOIN US FOR NBMCA'S 40TH ANNUAL
MATTAWA RIVER CANOE RACE!!

READY FOR A CHALLENGE WITH A TWIST OF HISTORY??

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 believe there are paddlers who've raced 25+ years?  And the oldest paddler - 78 years young!)

For more information visit mattawarivercanoerace.ca

Please check your category here!


All proceeds from the race and sponsorships support the NBMCA's Stewardship and Education Programs including the Chippewa Creek EcoPath and the Adopt-the-Creek Program (www.chippewaecopath.ca).  

For more information on the Race, please contact the NBMCA's Community Relations Coordinator 

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

 ** Please note: All NEW participants must attend a Mandatory Safety Briefing and Registration the evening of Friday July 22th. 

Registration Fees

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Solo Recreational (Kayak) Closed

All fees include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm.

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Solo Recreational (SUP) Closed

All fees include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm.

C2 Expedition Closed

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Solo Racing (C1) Closed

All fees include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm.

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Tandem Recreational (Men’s A) Closed

All fees include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm.

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Tandem Recreational (Men’s B) Closed

A limited number of tickets are available for friends & family to attend the dinner and awards ceremony. Please order early to ensure availability.

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Tandem Recreational (Mixed A) Closed

A limited number of tickets are available for friends & family to attend the dinner and awards ceremony. Please order early to ensure availability.

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Tandem Recreational (Mixed B) Closed

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Tandem Recreational (Women’s) Closed

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Tandem Racing (C2 Open) Closed

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Tandem Racing (C2 Mixed) Closed

Full Race 64km (NB to Mattawa) Voyageur - $60/per paddler Closed

Family Race 13k - Adult (from Champlain Park)(Family A - needs child under 17) Closed

Family Race 13k - Adult (from Champlain Park)(Family B - needs child under 17) Closed

Family Race 13k - Child (10 and under)(Family A - from Champlain Park) Closed

Family Race 13k - Child (10 and under)(Family B - from Champlain Park) Closed

Junior Race 13k - (from Champlain Park) Recreational 14-17 yrs (Open) Closed

Junior Race 13k - (from Champlain Park) Racing 14-17 yrs (C2) Closed

Open SUP Race 13k - (from Champlain Park) (SUP) Closed

Additional Dinner Tickets - Adult Closed

Additional Dinner Tickets - Child (10 and under)64 Closed

Event Schedule

  • April 26 11:00 AM EDT - Registration Opens

  • April 26 11:00 AM EDT - Early Bird Pricing

  • July 1 12:00 AM EDT - Early Bird Pricing Finishd

  • July 21 11:59 PM EDT - Online Registration Closes

  • July 22 9:30 AM EDT - Eau Claire Gorge Guided Walk

  • July 22 7:00 PM EDT - Mandatory Safety Brieifing

  • July 23 7:00 AM EDT - Race Day - Races Begin!

  • July 23 6:00 PM EDT - Dinner and Banquet

Contact Information

Event Location

North Bay, ON, Canada

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