Races may be affected to help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
Kawartha Paddle Quest will take place with restrictions in place including 100 participant limit, no spectators - see below.
Marsh Mash pending.


Thames River Classic
Ingersoll April 4, 2020
Stephen Tait staitod@hotmail.com
12km Pro C2;
10km Stock C2 & Kayaks
Registration 9-9:45am;
Start at 10:00 am

CANCELLED 2020. OMCKRA's kick-off for the season; very technical downstream and back course; lots of twists and turns. Under two hours, then lunch; everybody wins 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.


Upper Jock River Race
Ottawa April 11, 2020
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

CANCELLED 2020 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 CANCELLED 2020.
Sharon Nethercott; snethercott@scrca.on.ca

CANCELLED 2020.. 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.


Respect The Thames
Ingersoll   April 25, 2020 
Mackenzie Buis mackenziebuis@gmail.com

CANCELLED 2020  New. Respect the Thames


That Dam Hespeler Race
Cambridge    May 3, 2020    $30
Register and pre-registered
pick up numbers : 8:30 - 9:45 AM

CANCELLED 2020. 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. 


Marsh Mash Canoe Race
date TBC, sanction pending

POSTPONED NEW DATE TBD  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 and is the selection race for paddlers representing Canada at the ICF Marathon World Championships, which unfortunately are CANCELLED in 2020, would have been held in Baerum Norway, Aug. 27 - 30. 


Canoe The Nonquon
Port Perry June CANCELLED 2020.
Contact: Shannon Kelly skelly@scugog.ca
date TBC, sanction pending

CANCELLED 2020. 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 CANCELLED 2020.
date TBC, sanction pending

CANCELLED 2020. 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.


Kawartha Paddle Quest
Peterborough  August 29, 2020
100 participant limit, no spectators.
sanction approved

100 participant limit, no spectators. Additional restrictions related to pandemic at the race website. OMCKRA 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!!    

Canadian Marathon Nationals
Lumsden, Saskatchewan
June CANCELLED 2020.
 not an OMCKRA event

CANCELLED 2020. After three successful years in Ontario the Nationals will be hosted in Saskatchewan a province that produces some of the best Marathon paddlers in the world.

SFC Canoe Marathon - no year

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

POSTPONED NEW DATE TBD 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.


Hammer The Harbour
Hamilton June 
Tim Manastersky 



Little Current to Killarney Canoefest
Little Current July 4 , 2020
facebook link
Register online  TBD

CANCELLED 2020. 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.


North of 7 River Run
York River, Bancroft
July CANCELLED 2020.

CANCELLED 2020. 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..


Kingston to Ottawa (K2O)
Smith Falls to Ottawa
July CANCELLED 2020.

CANCELLED 2020. 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.


Mattawa River Canoe Race
North Bay       July 25, 2021 next year
Click here to register  tbc
date TBC, sanction pending

CANCELLED 2020. 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 9, 2020
16 Mile Creek and Lake Ontario

Will not be run as a sanctioned race in 2020. 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. 


Lake Ontario Crossing
Niagara/Toronto  CANCELLED 2020.
date TBC, sanction pending

CANCELLED 2020. 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.


Upper Ottawa River Race
Deep River/Petawawa
sanction pending

CANCELLED 2020. 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

Great Muskoka Paddling Experience (GMPE)
Thanksgiving weekend each year
October CANCELLED 2020.

CANCELLED 2020. Three race lengths: 5, 10 and 20 kilometers. Kayaks, Canoes, SUPs in the morning. Big Canoes in the afternoon.  

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Provincials, Nationals and other Championships


General Clinton 
Bainbridge, New York
not an OMCKRA event

CANCELLED 2020. 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


AuSable River 
Grayling, Michigan
July CANCELLED 2020.
not an OMCKRA event

CANCELLED 2020. 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.


La Classique
La Tuque, Québec
Sept CANCELLED 2020.
not an OMCKRA event

CANCELLED 2020. One of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing.
La Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie: staged Labor Day weekend on Quebec's Saint-Maurice River, a three-day race from La Tuque to Trois-Rivières."La Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie".