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Ontario Races    Spring March, April, May


Thames River Classic
Mackenzie Buis mackenziebuis@gmail.com
18km  Virtual Event took place
Advanced email registration is preferred. Please email organizer
Onsite registration 9-9:45am;
Start at 10:00 am
Fee is $20 per paddler

OMCKRA's kick-off for the season; very technical downstream and back course; lots of twists and turns. Under two hours, then lunch; everybody gets a jar of jam. Expect cold water conditions; you should have moving water experience. Low water years use your toughest paddles and boats. Start and finish Pemberton Street Bridge Ingersoll, at Wilson Street. Park north side of the river. Take Hwy 19 exit from 401 and proceed north. Bear right at the Petro Canada Station. You will be on Harris Street, which becomes Pemberton Street.  Pemberton Bridge access is Located at 34 Pemberton Street Ingersoll Ontario Empty Lot to the NE of the bridge Alternatively its the corner of Pemberton and Wilson St. Distance 18Km. Classes: Pro C2 Mixed and Open, Fast Kayak Open, Long Kayak Open, Short Kayak Open, Stock C2 Open, Stock C1 Open, Rec Tandem Open

Upper Jock River Race
Ottawa April 13, 2021
Advance registration or on race day. Start 12:00 pm.
12.6 km: Racing C1 & C2, Open 17′, Recreational canoes & kayaks
Gaeten Plourde; jockriverrace@yahoo.com

Race dates to 1971 as a down-river whitewater course on Lower Jock River. Now on the Upper Jock it is far tamer; families and recreational paddlers friendly. Though the beautiful Richmond fen a highly significant Ontario wet land. Quite shallow with several swifts or Class I rapids towards the end, depending on the water level. Generally no portages however usually some constricted areas in the fen where canoe traffic bunches up. Current a factor the entire distance so end comes quickly but not too soon for some that are making it their season opener. 12km west of Richmond (20 minutes south west of Ottawa) at Munster Road bridge. Shuttle service back to the start line.


Sydenham River Race
Alvinston  April 28, 2021
Melissa Levi:   mlevi@scrca.on.ca

Race recognized not sanctioned by OMCKRA.  7 km, 12 km and 15 km courses, for every level of paddler. Fund raiser for the Conservation Authority. Well attended with up to 80 canoes and kayaks participating. South of Alvinston and north of Bothwell, on the Mosside Line Road, 3km west of Nauvoo Road. Registration at start of course from 10 – 11 am. Start at 11:20 am.


Marsh Mash Canoe Race
Bradford, Marsh
May 14, 2022

Race of the Year 2008 and 2016. The race is on the north branch of the canal that surrounds the well-known Holland Marsh. It is well suited to new and experienced paddlers.



Canoe The Nonquon
Port Perry
June 4, 2022
Contact: Shannon Kelly skelly@scugog.ca
sanction approved

Established in 1969 it is the longest running race in Ontario.  Funds raised benefit the Scugog Shores Museums. Few kilometers on the Nonquon have many tight bends to practice your rudder turns; also some dead-end channels along the river section — when in doubt keep right!  No portages but you may have to push over one or two beaver dams. Individual start; 12 & 20 km races. 12 km river & 8 km sprint on shores of Lake Scugog. A well attended race with a long-standing history in the community. Marathon C1 and C2. Various Recreational boats; Canoe, SUP and Kayak.


Saugeen Paddlers Voyageur Canoe Race
Paisley  June 4 2022
 sanction approved

North Canoes are 26 feet long and crewed by either six or eight paddlers. They are replicas of canoes used by the North West Company, transporting furs from the interior to rendezvous points such as Fort William. At Rendezvous, their cargoes of fur were transferred to Montreal Canoes, 34 feet long, for the 54-day shipment east to Montreal. The North Canoes in turn, would take the goods from the east to the interior for trade. Teams participate in games of skill — some traditional, some with a little more modern influence, and they race in North Canoes.



Little Current to Killarney Canoefest
Little Current July 2, 2022
facebook link
sanction approved

 The race is a marathon canoe race approximately 40 km in length. Manitoulin Brewing Company (MBC) and Killarney Mountain Lodge (KML) put together a video last October 2018 to unveil MBC’s new beer, Killarney Cream Ale  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDQsE4r_YI4. The video concept was built around the delivery of the first keg of this signature Ale being made by 30 foot Voyageur Canoe from the Home of The MBC, Little Current, Manitoulin Island to the KML, in the Town of Killarney on the shore of Georgian bay. Once this epic Voyage was completed the owners of both companies said “We need to share this with others” and so “The Current to Killarney Canoe fest” was born.


Parry Sound 50
July 9,  2022
10 AM 50k
1PM 5k and 17k
Register onsite or
online at:   zone4.ca/register.asp?id=29258
8 AM Nine Mile Lake Beach Park
sanction approved

All participants must meet coast guard safety requirements including PFD in boat for each person , noise maker , bailing bucket (unless exempt), throw rope. Inflatable approved PFDs are permitted but must be worn. Any non-swimmers MUST WEAR an approved PFD !!! All participants 18 and under MUST wear an approved PFD. Participants are responsible to ensure they are physically capable of undertaking this physically demanding event.

Location of race is Nine Mile Lake Beach Park, To get there drive north of Parry Sound, Take Hwy 124 to the right. Nine Mile Lake Rd is 5 K east of Hwy 400 on left , Take Nine Mile L. Rd. to the end. Classes and Distances All classes 50k (if one paddler under 15, the other paddler must be over 18) , 17k , 5k. Portages: 2 , 1 is paddler only, runs up beach, not the boat. 50k is 3 loops of Nine Mile L. with short 30m portage sort of on beach at end of each loop. Each boat will be required to have one paddler run up beach. Boats do not need to be carried. Paddlers can leave food and drinks on portage/beach to pick up after each loop. 5k is short loop on Nine Mile L.

Course is deep water, few or no weeds to catch on rudders. Most of course is sheltered from most wind directions. Little or no boat traffic. All boat classes. If you have a self propelled water craft we will make you a class!


Mattawa River Canoe Race
North Bay       July 23, 2022 
sanction approved

The Mattawa River Race starts on Trout Lake in North Bay and continues down the Mattawa valley, ending at the town of Mattawa on the Ottawa River. The course features long lake crossings, multiple portages, dams and rapids as well as twisting river sections  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY NOON JULY 8



Kingston to Ottawa (K2O)
Smith Falls to Ottawa
Aug 13, 2022
, sanction approved

The Kingston to Ottawa 200 (K2O) Paddling Race is an ultra endurance marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rideau Canal waterway. Starting from Smith Falls and ending at the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa.


Wai Nui Why Not Race
Oakville  Aug 14, 2022
16 Mile Creek and Lake Ontario
sanction approved

Held in picturesque Oakville at the Wai Nui club.  Consistent with outrigger culture, this is a Hawaiian-themed event. After the races lunch, awards and some very cool swag will follow at the Oakville Power Boat Club. Bring your own chairs - there is lots of space on the lawn. Wai Nui Why Not is the second of the four races in the Waterway Series. Fees include racing, lunch, awards and swag. Lunch only tickets are available. 


Water and Dirt
(was Upper Ottawa River Race)
Deep River/Petawawa
organizer: Colin Coyle
Aug 6, 2022

The Water and Dirt Festival is a three day event celebrating active outdoor lifestyles and the Ottawa River. The festival kicks off on Friday with kayak and SUP clinics, race registration and live entertainment on the beach by the bonfire. The events continue on Saturday with the Kayak Fishing Derby and a day of races on the river at Petawawa Point Beach (13km) in Petawawa and Riverside Park (4km & kids) in Pembroke. The festival wraps up on Sunday with Raise Your Paddle as well as the third annual Heritage Paddle. ... read more

Late season  (Sept, Oct.)


Nottawasaga Fall Classic
Schoonertown Parkette,
Sunset Ct., Wasaga Beach, ON, L9Z 2A9
Oct 15, 2022 (weather delay date Oct 16, 2022)
organizer Peter Braul  email

on site registration and payment at 9:00 AM
Facebook: collingwoodpaddles
sanction approved

NEW RACE!! OCT 15  Join us as the leaves change colour in downtown Wasaga Beach for a fun race for all sorts of paddlers! If you have a boat and want to race it but don’t see a category, we’ll find a way to make it work! This section of river includes shallows, moving water, docks, boats and other entertaining features. Any underwater objects will be clearly marked and easy to avoid. All boats racing the same distance will start together heading upstream. There are no podium prizes for this race, just pride in having done your best and recognition from your peers. Black Bellows Brewing in Collingwood has graciously donated some merchandise and gift cards to be raffled off as door prizes. See you on the river!   ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK


Huntsville 110
in Huntsville
Sept 17, 2022
organizers: Michael Varieur, Rob Horton
sanction approved

Another race from our excellent race organizers, Mike and Rob of the MRX team! The ALGONQUIN OUTFITTERS’ HUNTSVILLE 110 will challenge you to circumnavigate Huntsville’s 110km four-lake system in the fastest possible time! With only one portage intersection, this course is all about digging deep through a mixture of open lakes and flat- water rivers. As you would expect from River X, your adventure will continue well past sunset; adding the technical element of night time navigation and orientation.


Toronto International Outrigger Canoe Race TIOC
Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club
organizer: Chris Hebert
Maka Koa Outrigger Club
Sept 24 & 25 , 2022
7 am - 3 pm  cost $50
sanction approved

The TIOC is set to go and will be a terrific day of competitive racing and fun. Based out of the Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club (TS&CC), this popular event challenges an international field of outrigger canoe, SUP, surfski & kayak paddlers. Race courses span from 5km for newer paddlers, to a 20km+ course around Toronto Islands. The races are followed by a luau with delicious food and drink. All are welcome, including spectators!

Provincials, Nationals and other Championships

To participate in these Championships paddlers/ athletes must be members of the provincial Marathon organization.

Ontario Provincial Championships

Ontario's Provincial Marathon Championships take place as part of the following races.

C2 Pro Mixed, C2 Stock Mixed  TBD
C1 USCA, C1 Stock, HPK (incl ICF K1)    TBD
C2 Pro Mens, C2 Pro Womens. C2 Stock Mens, C2 Stock Womens   TBD

Canadian Marathon Nationals
near Regina in Lumsden, Saskatchewan
June 17, 18 and 19, 2022
Fathers day weekend
email marathon@canoekayak.ca

club website: reginamcc.ca

The Regina Marathon Canoe Club is hosting the Canadian National Marathon Canoe Championships in Lumsden, SK,

Great way to meet and paddle with Marathon paddlers from across the country, US and Belize. OMCKRA is a proud member of the Marathon Canoe Racing Council (MCRC) of CanoeKayak Canada (CKC)  more about MCRC.

Marathon World Championships
29 September - 2 October 2022
email: info@omckra.com

ICF Marathon World Championships. CLICK HERE to go to CKC site with documents including Expression of Interest, Application for Hosting a Provincial Qualifier, World Marathon Team Selection Criteria.  Scroll right down to the bottom of the webpage. Marathon Worlds athletes must be members of a provincial Marathon organization.  Join OMCKRA! Selection is coordinated by the Marathon Canoe Racing Council (MCRC) of CanoeKayak Canada (CKC).  more about MCRC.

Add your race to the Ontario Marathon series

Send in a Sanctioning Request Form for your  local race, or get help from OMCKRA to build a new race in your area.

Cancelled Races

Races below are not taking place this year

Great Muskoka Paddling Experience (GMPE)
Thanksgiving weekend each year
October 8, 2022
sanction approved

CANCELLED IN 2022. This race is one of the favorites, suitable for every level of paddler and many boat types. A fun season end gathering as well.  Great Muskoka Paddling Experience has 5, 10 & 20 km. routes. Check the new website for registration and detailed safety rules. There will be Prizes, Medals for Finishers and more. Proceeds go to Muskoka watershed Council and Friends of the Muskoka Watershed.


Kawartha Paddle Quest
Peterborough  Aug 28, 2021
sanction approved

100 participant limit, no spectators. Additional restrictions related to pandemic at the race website. OMCKRA Race of the Year in 2018 and in 2020! Peterborough is the host for the Annual “Kawartha River Quest”, home of the Canadian Canoe Museum and the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world!!    


Hammer The Harbour
Hamilton late June 
Tim Manastersky 
date TBC, sanction pending

info to be provided.


Around the Island (Manotick)
Aug 28, 2021
sanction approved

Covering about 12 kilometers, this is primarily a fun event for local paddlers, as seen in this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/O0kSdKqS39U although serious competitors are more than welcome.


North of 7 River Run
York River, Bancroft
Cancelled 2021
cancelled 2022

North of 7 River Run is proud to host the C1 classes of the Marathon Paddle Racing Provincial Championships.  Courses run on the beautiful, deep, winding York River and on Baptiste Lake, ending by the Waddle & Daub Cafe in Riverside Park, downtown Bancroft. All funds raised go to help support the not for profit Bancroft Community Transits’ transportation for children and youth in the community and for employment and social programs that foster social inclusion.  For more on this worthy cause see: http://www.bancroftcommunitytransit.com/index.php/news-events..


That Dam Hespeler Race
Cambridge    April/May   $30
Register and pre-registered
pick up numbers : 8:30 - 9:45 AM
 sanction pending

Organizers have moved to Bancroft. Postponed for now. That Dam Hespeler race loops up and down from the Jacob's Landing side of the Hespeler Mill Pond upstream to the historic Black Bridge featuring the natural Speed River, twisting river sections with swifts, currents, shallows and buoy turns. No portage or white water. 5 km, 10 km, 15 km and 20 km races; suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers looking for distance and water current reading challenges.