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Ontario Races

Spring March, April, May


sanction approved

Pittock Paddle
Woodstock, Pittock Conservation Area
May 06.2023
Mackenzie Buis mackenziebuis@gmail.com.
Advanced email registration Race Roster – Link TBD No onsite Registration

Race Briefing: 09:30 on race day
Start at 10:00 am.
Fee $40.00 per paddler

Replacing the Thames River Classic. Brand new for this year, the Pittock paddle will offer two distances of 17km and 24km. A mixture of flat water and  river paddling everything from technical to flatwater. Open to all experience levels. Join us for a paddle and a burger afterwards. This will be an early season race that will run in all weather conditions (excepting thunder) dress accordingly. PFD required. Start and finish Pemberton Street Bridge Ingersoll, at Wilson Street. Park north side of the river.


sanction approved

Upper Jock River Race
Ottawa April 22nd, 2023
Gaeten Plourde;
Registration deadline: Night before the race (April 21st, 2023 unless there is a date change)

$25 - $35 per person, depending how long in advance they register
Briefing: 11:45am, immediately before the race

The 50th running of the Jock River Race is happening in April 2023!  This race has been right of Spring and the unofficial for paddlers and racers alike.  The 12.5km race through the Richmond Fen is one of the area’s great springtime adventures.  Attracting over 250 participants, the race is open to all paddlers – canoes, kayaks, outriggers and SUPs.


pending 2023 review

Sydenham River Race
Alvinston  April xxxx, 2023
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.


pending 2023 review

Marsh Mash Canoe Race
Bradford, Marsh
May xxx, 2023

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.



sanction approved

Canoe The Nonquon
Port Perry
June 3, 2023
Contact: Michelle Rahm Email: mrahm@scugog.ca
$65 per watercraft
Register onsite at Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, Port Perry on Fri, June 2 (6-9 p.m.) and Sat, June 3 (7-10 a.m.)

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.


pending 2023 review

Saugeen Paddlers Voyageur Canoe Race
Paisley  June xxx, 2023

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.



pending 2023 review

Little Current to Killarney Canoefest
Little Current July xxx, 2023
facebook link

 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.


pending 2023 review

Parry Sound 50
July xxx, 2023
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

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!


pending 2023 review

Mattawa River Canoe Race
North Bay       July xxx, 2023

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



sanction approved

Kingston to Ottawa (K2O)
Aug 12 2023
Rideau Canal, Rideau Ferry to Cataraqui Canoe Club (Kingston)
Mike Broekhoven
Register: kingston2ottawa.ca
Start: 6:00 am

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. There will be two distances, 90 km full event, and an approx. ½ distance event. All categories below will apply to both distances.


pending 2023 review

Wai Nui Why Not Race
Oakville  Aug xxx, 2023
16 Mile Creek and Lake Ontario

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. 


pending 2023 review

Water and Dirt
(was Upper Ottawa River Race)
Deep River/Petawawa
organizer: Colin Coyle
Aug xxx, 2023

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.)


pending 2023 review

Nottawasaga Fall Classic
Schoonertown Parkette,
Sunset Ct., Wasaga Beach, ON, L9Z 2A9
Oct xxxx, 2023
organizer Peter Braul  email
on site registration and payment at 9:00 AM
Facebook: collingwoodpaddles

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


pending 2023 review

Huntsville 110
in Huntsville
Sept xxx 2023
organizers: Michael Varieur, Rob Horton

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.


pending 2023 review

Toronto International Outrigger Canoe Race TIOC
Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club
organizer: Chris Hebert
Maka Koa Outrigger Club
Sept xxx & xxx, 2023
7 am - 3 pm  cost $50

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
August xxx, 2023
email marathon@canoekayak.ca

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
August 31- September 3 2023
Vejen, Denmark
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.

Not yet confirmed if these Races will be cancelled this year

Races below


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!!    


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..