The North Bay to Mattawa race runs through Trout Lake in North Bay and down the Mattawa valley ending at Mattawa on the Ottawa River. The course features long lake crossings, multiple portages, dams and rapids as well as twisting river section so a close inspection is required prior to the race. The race is pit crew supported but with long unsupported sections so safety is a key issue. This event requires training, careful preparation of food, fluids and equipment. The organizers recommend pre-running the entire course. There are many portages and some class 1 white-water.  The long race is suitable for intermediate to experienced paddlers. There is a shorter 13K race suitable for family and all skill levels.

The race coincides with the Mattawa Lumber Jack Festival so there is a lot to see and do at the finish line. The race organizers put on a banquette Saturday night where racers can enjoy a well-earned meal and share war stories.

The race is a special event as the race both celebrates the history of the river and is somewhat of a re-enactment of, and homage to the Voyageur days. There is a tremendous sense of history as you portage over the same trails worn into the rocks by countless generations of First Nations people over thousands of years. Race participants will experience firsthand the pain felt by Voyagers as they portage through Talon Chutes; a portage famous for killing and maiming early travelers. Talk about fun!

Over the years many of North America's top marathon paddlers have competed in this race. It is also interesting to note that legendary canoe tripper Hap Wilson has completed the event on several occasions. Perhaps you are a canoe tripper as well and would like to up the ante and truly test your abilities. In this case OMCKRA invites you to join the elite club of paddlers that complete this event each year.

All proceeds from the race and sponsorships support the NBMCA's Stewardship and Education Programs including the Chippewa Creek EcoPath and the Adopt-the-Creek Program (  

since 1976


On-line before June 30 for a discount on the fees 

On-site the Friday evening before the event.

costs depend on early bird, class and distance from $30 to $75 per paddler, $360 to $400 for Voyageur Canoe

Length & Classes

13 km and 64 km race distances

Racing C1 & C2, Various Recreational Canoe and Kayak


Mattawa River Canoe Race

Contact: Paula Loranger  705-474-5420

Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association



Saturday, July  29, 2017 at 08:00 AM


The race is Located in North Bay Ontario and starts at Armstrong beach on Trout lake. The finish line is at the municipal beach in Mattawa on the North side of the Mattawa river.