That Dam Hespeler River Race

The Dam Hespeler race loops up and down from the Jacob’s Landing side of the Hespeler Mill Pond upstream to the historic Black Bridge. The course features the natural and beautiful Speed River with twisting river sections with swifts, currents, shallows and buoy turns. There are no portages or whitewater sections. Various classes will paddle a single 5km loop or multiple loops to make up the 10km, 15km and 20km races making the race is suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers looking for distance and water current reading challenges. The purpose of the race is to promote water safety, the sport of flat water paddling and engage the community in the recreational use of the Hespeler Mill Pond and Speed River.

for Kayak we will use the following specifications:

  • HPK – high performance kayak, L:W ratio >10.99:1    (ICF, surfski included here)
  • Long Recreational Kayaks  L > 4.27m (14ft) and L:W ratio less than 9.25:1  (Touring included here)
  • Short Recreational Kayaks L equal or less than 4.27m (14ft) and L:W ratio less than 9.25:1 
  • L = waterline length / W = waterline width

Cost is per paddler, $8 discount for OMCKRA members.

Registration fees

Bantam (>14) pond only Closed

Cost is per paddler, $8 discount for OMCKRA members. Rec tandem canoes on Pond not river.

5 km - one loop Closed

classes for short kayak and rec tandem canoe

    1. $25.00
      Feb 1 - Mar 31
    2. $30.00
      Apr 1 - Apr 28

10 km - two loops Closed

Classes for OC1, ICF C1, SUP, touring kayak and rec tandem canoe

    1. $25.00
      Feb 1 - Mar 31
    2. $30.00
      Apr 1 - Apr 28

15 km - three loops Closed

Classes for Pro C2, USCA C1, Stock C2 and Stock C1

    1. $25.00
      Feb 1 - Mar 31
    2. $30.00
      Apr 1 - Apr 28

20 km - 4 loops Closed

Classes for ICF K1 (slower kayak or surfski may race in the ICF K1 class)

    1. $25.00
      Feb 1 - Mar 31
    2. $30.00
      Apr 1 - Apr 28

Event Schedule

  • April 28 6:00 PM EDT - Online registration closes

  • April 29 8:30 AM EDT - Onsite registration starts

  • April 29 9:45 AM EDT - Onsite registration closes

  • April 29 10:00 AM EDT - Pond race

  • April 29 10:30 AM EDT - Adult races

  • April 29 1:00 PM EDT - Start Awards, Prizes, Food

  • April 29 4:00 PM EDT - End Awards, Prizes, Food

Contact Information

Event Location

Jacob's Landing, Guelph Avenue, Cambridge, ON, Canada

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