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Ontario Races    Spring March, April, May


Thames River Classic
Ingersoll Cancelled
virtual event instead
contact Mackenzie Buis mackenziebuis@gmail.com
Advanced email registration is preferred. Please email organizer
Onsite registration 9-9:45am;
Start at 10:00 am
Fee is $20 per paddler

The regularly scheduled race will be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will be running a virtual challenge that can be done on your own time. Please contact mackenziebuis@gmail.com for more details.. 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

Marsh Mash Canoe Race
Bradford, March
sanction approved

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.


Respect The Thames
Ingersoll   April TBD 
Mackenzie Buis mackenziebuis@gmail.com

New. Respect the Thames


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

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.


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
date TBC, sanction pending

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.



Canoe The Nonquon
Port Perry
June 1 to 13, 2021
Contact: Shannon Kelly skelly@scugog.ca
sanction pending

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 1, 2021
date TBC, sanction pending

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.


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

info to be provided.



North of 7 River Run
York River, Bancroft
Cancelled 2021
fall date, sanction pending

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..


Little Current to Killarney Canoefest
Little Current July 
facebook link
Register online  TBD

 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.


Mattawa River Canoe Race
North Bay       July 
Click here to register  tbc
date TBC, sanction pending

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 



Wai Nui Why Not Race
Oakville  Aug 7, 2021
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. 


Kingston to Ottawa (K2O)
Smith Falls to Ottawa
Aug 14, 2021
, 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.


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.


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!!    

SFC Canoe Marathon - no year

Sudbury Canoe Club Marathon
Northern Water Sports Centre
206 Ramsey Lake Road Sudbury
TBD 2021

date TBC, sanction pending

On beautiful Ramsey Lake 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.


Upper Ottawa River Race
Deep River/Petawawa

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 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.)


Huntsville 110
in Huntsville
Sept 17-18, 2021
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.

Great Muskoka Paddling Experience (GMPE)
Thanksgiving weekend each year
October 8, 9 & 10, 2021
sanction approved

This year the Great Muskoka Paddling Experience will take the form of a Virtual Challenge. This will be a Fun Challenge - a change in these days of challenges. We're inviting participants of all levels and ages to come and paddle the Event's traditional 5, 10 & 20 km. routes at their choice of time over a three day period. No solo paddlers under the age of 18 and check the website for registration and detailed safety rules for this year. There will be Prizes, Medals for Finishers and more. Proceeds go to Muskoka watershed Council and Friends of the Muskoka Watershed.

Completed Races


Cancelled Races



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 to spring of 2022. 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. 


World Team Qualifier
Bradford TBD, 2021

sanction pending

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. Qualifier for World Nationals to be held in Bascov, Romania Sept 30 to Oct 3, 2021.

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.

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
email marathon@canoekayak.ca

After three successful years in Ontario and cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic the Nationals was to be hosted in Quebec a province that produces some of the best Marathon paddlers in the world. 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
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.