JOIN US FOR NBMCA'S 41st ANNUAL
MATTAWA RIVER CANOE RACE!!

July 29, 2017

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 you 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  

Registration Deadline: July 16, 2017 at 11:59pm. No registrations for the 64 km race will be accepted after this day.


Mandatory Safety Briefing

All NEW participants must attend a Mandatory Safety Briefing and Registration the evening of Friday July 28th. 

Registration Fees

64km Solo - Open Kayak Closed

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

64km Solo - Open SUP Closed

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

64km Solo - Marathon C1 Closed

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

64km Tandem - C2 Stock Men's Closed

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

64km Tandem - C2 Stock Mixed & Women's Closed

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

64km Tandem - Recreational Men’s A Closed

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

64km Tandem - Recreational Men’s B Closed

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

64km Tandem - Recreational Mixed A Closed

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

64km Tandem - Recreational Mixed B Closed

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

64km Tandem - Recreational Women’s Closed

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

64km Tandem - Marathon C2 Open Closed

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

64km Tandem - Marathon C2 Mixed & Women's Closed

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

64km Voyageur (8 paddlers max) - $60/per paddler Closed

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

13km Family Race - Adult (Family A - needs child under 17) Closed

Registration is open until July 29, 2017 - Call 705-474-5420 to register or at the Park at 11:30am on race day. All fees are per paddler and include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm. Race starts at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. .

13km Family Race - Adult (Family B - needs child under 17) Closed

Registration is open until July 29, 2017 - Call 705-474-5420 to register or at the Park at 11:30am on race day. All fees are per paddler and include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm. Race starts at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

13km Family Race - Child (12 and under)(Family A or B) Closed

Registration is open until July 29, 2017 - Call 705-474-5420 to register or at the Park at 11:30am on race day. All fees are per paddler and include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm. Race starts at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

13km Junior Race - Recreational 14-17 yrs (Open) Closed

Registration is open until July 29, 2017 - Call 705-474-5420 to register or at the Park at 11:30am on race day. All fees are per paddler and include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm. Race starts at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

13km Junior Race - Marathon 14-17 yrs (C2 open) Closed

Registration is open until July 29, 2017 - Call 705-474-5420 to register or at the Park at 11:30am on race day. All fees are per paddler and include a ticket to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Mattawa Community Centre at 6:30pm. Race starts at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.

Additional Dinner Tickets - Adult Closed

Additional Dinner Tickets - Child (12 and under) Closed

Event Schedule

  • December 1 11:00 AM EST - Registration Opens

  • December 1 11:00 AM EST - Early Bird Pricing

  • June 30 11:59 PM EDT - Early Bird Pricing Finished

  • July 16 11:59 PM EDT - Registration Closes

  • July 28 9:30 AM EDT - Eau Claire Gorge Guided Walk

  • July 28 6:00 PM EDT - 64km Race Mandatory Safety Briefing

  • July 29 7:00 AM EDT - Race Day - Races Begin!

  • July 29 6:00 PM EDT - Dinner and Banquet

Contact Information

Event Location

North Bay, ON, Canada

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