This annual event is an important part of our shared history and travels through a beautiful section of our area. Ideally, the renewed energy around this race will attract more participants - individuals, families, and volunteers in the years to come.

Susan Weiskopf


The Mattawa River Canoe Race is one of the most anticipated racing events of the year. Since the late 1970s, it has been referred to as the crown jewel on our racing circuit.

Kim Snell, OMCKRA President


The race is always fun, but the portages are tough!

Rene Boogemans


I’ve done a lot of races and this is one I love the most.

Yves Villeneuve


Best race in Ontario.

Mark Clout

Mattawa River Canoe Race is getting ready for the 2024 Race!

The NBMCA looks forward to hosting the exciting Mattawa River Canoe Race (MRCR) in 2024!

The race took a pause in 2023 and we've used the time to explore creative ideas with our partners (including the paddling community!) to look at event categories, dinner options, event date.   With the help of community volunteers, we’re also looking at ways to increase our supporting resources.    Stay tuned!!

We've heard from paddlers and race supporters, sponsors and community members. And we listened. 

Volunteers from the paddling community and local supporters have come forward to assist on planning committees - thank you!  And what we heard we've taken to heart.  To take advantage of the higher water levels, the race date has been changed to June 8, 2024.   Save the date and spread the word! 

Other details are falling into place and will be announced soon on www.mattawarivercanoerace.ca

Please contact the Race Director Paula Loranger, NBMCA's Community Relations Coordinator, at paula.loranger@nbmca.ca if you would like to join the conversation!  

If you'd interested in sponsorship, there are some valuable opportunities to align your company with this amazing adventure.  Contact Paula Loranger, NBMCA's Community Relations Coordinator, at paula.loranger@nbmca.ca or call/text 705-494-5115.  Let's chat!

In the mean time, check out the highlights of the 2022 Race which saw the 1st place finishers completing the 64 km race in just over six hours.

Peter Braul of Collingwood and Oliver McMillan of London captured the Fastest Overall Time trophy, finishing with a time of 6:13:02, ahead of second place finisher Sebastien Courville of Golden Lake with a time of 6:27:35.

All results!

For more information, please contact the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

Paula Loranger at (705) 474-5420 ext. 2002 or Email Us

Thanks to our 2024 Sponsors!

Susan Weiskopf - IG Wealth Management
Degagne Carpentry and Degagne Renovations
Redpath Canada Ltd.
Stock Transportation
Lake Talon Conservation Association
Report North Bay