JOIN US FOR NBMCA'S 44th ANNUAL
MATTAWA RIVER CANOE RACE!!
July 25, 2020
READY FOR A CHALLENGE WITH A TWIST OF HISTORY??
July 12, 2020 at 11:59pm.
No registrations for the 64 km race will be accepted after this day.
Grab Your Paddle! It's only 64 km!
The 44th Annual 64km Mattawa River Canoe Race runs through Trout Lake, Turtle Lake, Pine Lake, Lake Talon, Chant Plein Lake and down the Mattawa River to Mattawa Island Conservation Area. The course includes 12 portages, 5 of which are mandatory around dams and waterfalls. The other 7 portages are around rapids and white water, which may be passable depending on water levels and paddler skill.
The racers can be pit crew supported for fluids and food, but not equipment. With many remote areas along the course, it is recommended that paddlers pre-run the course. An interactive map https://www.mattawarivercanoerace.ca/race-info/race-route-interactive/ is very helpful when planning to participate in the race for the first time. A Mandatory Safety Briefing is required on the Friday (at 6 or 8 pm) for all new paddlers.
A 13km race is available from Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park to Mattawa Island Conservation Area. This race is open to families (adult/child) or youth 17 and under. Only one portage, and it is suitable for all skill levels.
The race is followed by a well-deserved banquet and awards presentation at the Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
The unique 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 get a free shirt.
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 30+ years? And the most senior paddler - 78 years young!)
Can you beat the 1995 record for the fastest finish of 5 hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds?
Over the years many of North America's top marathon paddlers have competed in this race. Legendary canoe tripper Hap Wilson has completed the event on several occasions. Perhaps you are a canoe tripper as well and would like to up the ante and truly test your abilities. Paddlers from 13 to 78 years of age have competed in the 64 km race. OMCKRA invites you to join the elite club of paddlers that complete this event each year.
Register today! https://www.mattawarivercanoerace.ca/
Please check your category here!
If contacted before June 30, 2020 for a refund a $20 administration fee will be deducted from the refund. If contacted between July 1 and July 15, 2020, 50% will be deducted from refund. No refunds after July 15, 2020.
Mandatory Safety Briefing
All NEW participants must attend a Mandatory Safety Briefing and Registration the evening of Friday July 24th.
All proceeds from the race and sponsorship 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
Want to learn what's it's like to race 64km from North Bay to Mattawa?
- December 1 11:00 a.m. EST - Registration Opens
- December 1 11:00 a.m. EST - Early Bird Pricing
- June 30 11:59 p.m. EDT - Early Bird Pricing Finished
- July 12 11:59 p.m. EDT - Registration Closes
- July 24 9:30 a.m. EDT - Eau Claire Gorge Guided Walk
- July 24 6:00 p.m. EDT - 64km Race Mandatory Safety Briefing
- July 25 7:00 a.m. EDT - Race Day - Races Begin!
- July 25 6:00 p.m. EDT - Dinner and Banquet