Thames River Classic
April 6, 2019
sanction granted 

This race is traditionally the OMCKRA kick off for the new season and features a very technical downstream and back course with lots of twists and turns. ... read more


Upper Jock River Race
May 4, 2019
sanction granted

The Upper Jock River Canoe Race is a fun and interesting 12+ kilometer canoe race run each April. The race has a long history dating back to 1971 when it was a down-river whitewater course run on the Lower Jock River. . ... read more


Sydenham River Race
Cancelled due to weather
recognition granted

Race is is recognized though not sanctioned by OMCKRA. With 7 km, 12 km and 15 km courses, the Sydenham River Canoe Race in southwestern Ontario has something for every level of paddler. . ... read more


That Dam Hespeler Race
Cambridge    May 5, 2019    $30
Register and pre-registered
pick up numbers : 8:30 - 9:45 AM
sanction granted

results 2019
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. . ... read more


High Water Run Race
Kirkland Lake
May 11, 2019
recognized not sanctioned

results 2018
The race runs 13 km from Sesekinika to Kenogami Lake on the winding Blanche River. The river has good depth and there are two small portages, no whitewater. ... read more


Marsh Mash Canoe Race
May 18, 2019
sanction granted

The race is on the north branch of the canal that surrounds the well-known Holland Marsh and on the scenic Fraser Creek. It is well suited to new paddlers and has been the selection race for paddlers attending the ICF Marathon Worlds for the last eight years ... read more


General Clinton 
Bainbridge, New York
May 24-27, 2019
not an OMCKRA event

One of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing.
The General Clinton Canoe Regatta: staged Memorial Day on New York's Susquehanna River, a one-day, non-stop 70 mile race from Cooperstown to Bainbridge


Canoe The Nonquon
Port Perry
June 1 2019
website link
sanction granted

Established in 1969 it is the longest running race in Ontario.  For the first few kilometers on the Nonquon there are many tight bends to practice your rudder turns. There are also some dead-end channels along the river section — when in doubt keep right! ... read more


Saugeen Paddlers Voyageur Canoe Race
June 1, 2019
sanction granted

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. ... read more


June 15 & 16, 2019
sanction granted

Enjoy head-to-head, high intensity short course racing in which pairs of teams face off against each other in a double-elimination format. Each team races at least twice per event. First round pairs are randomly drawn. Race One is for seeding. Race Two starts the elimination. Teams keep progressing to the next round as long as they keep winning. The last winning team is the winner. Canoe classes are a “ONE DESIGN” event, meaning all teams will paddle a standardized watercraft provided by race management. Participate in as many events as you are eligible.  read more....


Kawartha Paddle Quest
June 22, 2019
Race of the Year in 2018! 
sanction granted

OMCKRA members voted the race as Race of the Year in 2018! 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!! Parks Canada will have its Lock & Paddle event on the Sunday of the same weekend promoting  both it and the race as “come paddle the Kawarthas and stay the weekend” .... read more

SFC Canoe Marathon - no year

2019 Sudbury Canoe Club Marathon
Northern Water Sports Centre
206 Ramsey Lake Road Sudbury
June 23, 2019
recognized not sanctioned

On beautiful Ramsey Lake at the same location where Canadian National Canoe Marathon will take place.  Try out the lake before Nationals in August! As part of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge, the Sudbury Canoe Club is hosting its annual Marathon Canoe Race as one of the seven athletic events offered in the Sudbury area, promoting the value of an active and healthy lifestyle through physical activity.


North of 7 River Run
York River, Bancroft
July 6 & 7, 2019
click here to register
sanction granted

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/... read more


Little Current to Killarney Canoefest
Little Current
July 6, 2019
facebook link
Register online  
sanction granted

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..... read more


Lake Ontario Crossing
July 27 or 28, 2019
sanction granted

Race runs one of the two possible date based on weather.

The Lake Ontario Crossing is Canada’s first and only open-water distance paddling race. The 32-mile, point-to-point course matches the standard established by the Molokai-to-Oahu crossing in Hawaii and the Catalina Classic in California.... read more


AuSable River 
Grayling, Michigan
July 27 and 28, 2019
not an OMCKRA event

One of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing.
The Au Sable River Canoe Marathon: a non-stop race from Grayling to Oscoda on Michigan's Au Sable River  the last weekend of July.


Upper Ottawa River Race
Deep River/Petawawa
Aug 9 to 11, 2019
sanction granted

The Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival is a three day event celebrating active outdoor lifestyles and the Ottawa River. The festival kicks off on Friday August 9th with kayak and SUP clinics, race registration and live entertainment on the beach by the bonfire. The events continue on Saturday August 10th 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 August 11th with Raise Your Paddle as well as the third annual Heritage Paddle. ... read more


Wai Nui Why Not Race
16 Mile Creek and Lake Ontario
Aug 10, 2019
sanction granted

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.   ... read more

Canadian Marathon Nationals
Sudbury          Register
Aug 24 & 25, 2019
sanction granted

Hosted by the Sudbury Canoe Club at the Northern Watersports Centre Sudbury ON  ... read more


La Classique
La Tuque, Québec
Aug  30  - Sept  2, 2019
not an OMCKRA event


Muskoka River X
September 13 to 15, 2019
sanction granted

The world’s longest single day expedition paddling race is back for its sixth year, offering two distances. Classic: Considered by some to be the toughest single day canoe race in the world, teams paddle 132km of Muskoka wilderness including 20 portages within 24 hours or less.  Sprint:  This 58 km event is a great way to get introduced to expedition paddle sport .. read more


Ottawa River Paddle Challenge (ORPC)
Nepean Sailing Club, Ottawa
September 21, 2019
recognized not sanctioned

Must pre-register. Classes for Outrigger, SUP/Prone, Canoe, Kayak. Registration 7:00 - 8:15 am: 7:00 Registration / check-in table opens (At registration tent by the sailing school docks in boat yard); 8:15 Registration / check-in table closes. Opening Ceremonies: 8:15 - 8:45 Opening Ceremonies and Pre-race information for all participants (City, Provincial dignitaries and Jacques The Connector with indigenous land blessing). .. read more

Great Muskoka Paddling Experience (GMPE)
October 12, 2019 (Thanksgiving weekend)
date confirmed; sanction pending

Three race lengths: 5, 10 and 20 kilometers. Kayaks, Canoes, SUPs in the morning. Big Canoes in the afternoon.  

It is worth making a special note that these well loved races will not take place in 2019 . 

OMCKRA Youth Race

High School students get coaching instructions and a fun race on the north branch of the canal that surrounds the well-known Holland Marsh and on the scenic Fraser Creek.  For information or to volunteer contact info@omckra.com


Ottawa to Montebello Interprovincial Race
June Cancelled
website TBD
sanction granted

Inter provincial Race!!  67K on the Ottawa river from Parc Jacques Cartier in Ottawa to Montebello Quebec.  Classes for Pro C2, Stock C2, North Canoe, OC1 & OC2, SUP and Kayak.


Big East River X
NOT IN 2019

CANCELLED IN 2019. Replaced by AO the OX. The season opener for the Ontario Ultra Paddling Point Series, the Big East River X is a classic 40km ultra marathon canoe, kayak and SUP race.  Not only for the hardcore, the Big East River X also hosts a fun and friendly 9km event for paddlers of all ages. ... read more


24-Hours of River X
NOT IN 2019

CANCELLED IN 2019. Replaced by AO the OX.The only paddling event of its kind in North America:  The 24 Hours of River X brings the paddling community together in non-stop action as marathon paddlers race against the clock to complete as many laps of a 10km course as possible in 24 hours.... read more


Cancelled in 2019
Kingston to Ottawa (K2O)
Kingston/Smith Falls
July - cancelled

Cancelled in 2019
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 the Cataraqui Canoe Club in Kingston and ending at the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa;... read more

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