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The Marcel Pelchat Elite Challenge

At approximately 32 km in length, the Elite Challenge is the most physically demanding course in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival. This challenge requires participants to paddle both the Mattagami and Mountjoy Rivers and incorporates two 100 metre portage. Kayak carts may be used but will not be supplied. Open to all age groups, 3-4 hours estimated duration. Boat restrictions: Any length of kayak. Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race. NO SURF SKIS Or modifications to any purchased boat.

  1. $110.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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D& L Home and Cottage Youth Challenge

Paddling the Mattagami River only, this challenge is 3 km in length with no portages. Open to those age 14 and under, 1-2 hour estimated duration. Boat restrictions: 14’4″ and under, any construction

  1. $20.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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HGS 3 Person Sprint Team

Team

  1. $60.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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HGS 3 Person Sprint

Individual

  1. $20.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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The Canadian Tire Family Leisure Paddler & Shore Lunch 30 spots remaining

On Sunday August 26th, departing from the Mattagami River Beach area located south west of the Mattagami River Bridge. Participants will paddle upstream 5 km on the Mountjoy River, past Miller Lake to an area that has been set aside for a traditional shore lunch consisting of pickerel, beans, home fries, wild berry tea and bottled water. The Canadian Tire Leisure Family Paddle and Shore Lunch will provide participants with a great introduction to the sport of kayaking and allows for a great networking opportunity. The event is Proudly Sponsored By Canadian Tire Timmins

  1. $30.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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The Celebrity Challenge Access code only

By invitation only

  1. Free
    Jan 3 - Aug 23

The Seniors/Masters Elite Challenge

Paddling the Mattagami River only, this challenge is 6.5 km in length with no portages. Open to those 55 and over, 1-1.5 hour estimated duration. Boat restrictions:Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race. NO SURF SKIS Or modifications to any purchased boat.

  1. $30.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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The Dr. John Shaw Seniors/Masters Rec Challenge

Paddling the Mattagami River only, this challenge is 6.5 km in length with no portages. Open to those 55 and over, 1-1.5 hour estimated duration. Boat restrictions: 14'4" and under, any construction Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race. NO SURF SKIS Or modifications to any purchased boat.

  1. $30.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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Novice

At 5 km in length, the Novice Challenge, which takes place on the Mattagami River only, is perfect for those who kayak casually or are new to the sport. There will be no portages in this division. Open to all age groups with less than 2 years of kayak paddling experience, 1-2 hour estimated duration. Boat restrictions: 14’4″ and under, any construction

  1. $30.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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The Open Little Boat

At 6.5 km in length, the Open Little Boat Challenge takes place on the Mattagami River only. There will be no portages in this division. You may enter the Open Challenge even if you have participated in other divisions. Open to all age groups, 45 minutes to an hour estimated duration. Boat restrictions: 14'4 and under, any construction.

  1. $30.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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The Open Long Boat

At 6.5 km in length, the Open Long Boat Challenge takes place on the Mattagami River only. There will be no portages in this division. You may enter the Open Challenge even if you have participated in other divisions. Open to all age groups, 45 minutes to an hour estimated duration. Boat restrictions: 10.65:1 ratio, any construction

  1. $30.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
    Register

Recreational

The Recreational Challenge will take place on the Mattagami River. This course is 16 km in length with no portages. Open to all age groups, 2-3 hour estimated duration. 14’4″ and under, any construction

  1. $60.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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Plastic Kayak Challenge

At 10km in length, the Plastic Kayak Challenge takes place on the Mattagami River only. Open to all age groups. Boat restrictions: any length of plastic kayak.Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race

  1. $40.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
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Elite Recreational

The Elite Recreational Challenge will take place on the Mattagami River. This course is 16 km in length with no portages. Open to all age groups, 2 hours of less estimated duration. Boat restrictions: 10.65:1 ratio, any construction

  1. $75.00
    Jan 3 - Aug 23
    Register

Festival Events

 

The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival

 

From paddling events, kayak sprint events to Arts & Culture Routes Vendors, kayak celebration is in the air and you cannot miss it in Timmins, Ontario. And even if you are not into kayaking competition, there is still something for everyone.

 

The City of Timmins is a sophisticated and thriving municipality surrounded by pristine forests and over five hundred lakes, rivers and streams. The community has a rich and vibrant history, and it is strategically located in the heart of Northern Ontario. The City of Timmins is not only a center for industry, commerce, distribution and finance, but also considered to be the hub for culture and healthcare in the region.

 

As a regional centre, Timmins provides services and opportunities to approximately 45,000 local citizens and 118,000 regional residents. Kayaking in Timmins Ontario is a tradition. This unique destination provides for Canada’s best kayak vacations and trips.

 

If you love paddling, consider Timmins for your canoe trips in Ontario. You will find comprehensive kayaking and canoeing guides for all the leisure events and competitions.


We’ve had visitors coming for kayaking in Timmins from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, London, sudbury and even from the US. These visitors left great feedback and were pleased with their trip quality as attested by the genuine testimonials received.

For kayaking holidays packages, car rentals, fishing and boating programs and contact number, check Great Canadian Kayak Challenge website It has helpful information if you want to explore the city, find a hotel, flight, stores and shops where you can buy kayak accessories, gear, etc. Of course, you can always buy Canoes, Kayaks & SUP’s from Walmart Canada in Timmins, Ontario.


 


Event Schedule

  • August 24 9:00 AM EDT - The Marcel Pelchat OPG Elite Challenge

  • August 24 9:30 AM EDT - The Elite Recreational Challenge

  • August 24 10:00 AM EDT - The Recreational Challenge

  • August 24 11:15 AM EDT - The Plastic Boat Challenge

  • August 24 11:30 AM EDT - The Paddling Magazine 2 person Canoe Challenge

  • August 24 12:00 PM EDT - The Celebrity Challenge

  • August 24 12:30 PM EDT - The Seniors/ Masters Elite Challenge

  • August 24 1:15 PM EDT - The Dr. John Shaw Seniors/Master Recreation Challenge

  • August 24 1:45 PM EDT - The Open Little Boat Challenge

  • August 24 2:30 PM EDT - The D& L Home and Cottage Youth Challenge

  • August 24 3:00 PM EDT - The Novice Challenge

  • August 24 3:45 PM EDT - The Open Long Challenge

  • August 25 9:00 AM EDT - 3-Person Kayak

  • August 25 10:00 AM EDT - The Canadian Tire 5 km Guided Family Leisure Paddle and Shore Lunch

Contact Information

Event Location

Timmins, ON, Canada

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