Mattawa River Canoe Race Celebrates 42nd Anniversary

Mar 28, 2018 - The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority is proud to welcome locally owned and operated Bay Distributors as first time sponsors of the 64 km Mattawa River Canoe Race.

Headquartered in North Bay, Bay Distributors has been in the Marine Industry since 1967 as Baywood Marine, and since 1975 as Bay Distributors.

At a special presentation at Bay Distributors Wednesday morning, owner Carl Crewson and son Dave, graciously donated two locally built kayaks, to be awarded to the overall first place team.

"We are thrilled to add Bay Distributors to our growing list of sponsors," said Dave Mendicino, NBMCA Board Chair.

On July 28, paddlers from across the country will leave the shores of Olmstead Beach on Trout Lake in canoes, kayaks, voyageur canoes, and paddleboards, making their way to the Mattawa Island Conservation Area in Mattawa. Shorter family and junior races follow the last 13 km of the river from Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, ending with the competitive paddlers at the Mattawa Island.

"Sponsorship dollars not only help keep the race going year after year, but the proceeds enable NBMCA to engage youth, individuals, families, community groups and organizations in environmental outreach, education, and stewardship activities," said Mendicino.

"We are more than happy to support this long standing event," said Dave Crewson of Bay Distributors.

"Out company knows just how vital it is to keep our lakes and waterways healthy. This race is a wonderful opportunity for participants to paddle and portage their way along one of the most picturesque, and at the same time, challenging routes in the country. We appreciate the opportunity to assist with area conservation efforts, while getting people outdoors, enjoying nature."

NBMCA is a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to conserving, restoring, developing and managing renewable natural resources on a watershed basis.

For centuries, the Mattawa River was used as a major transportation route by early explorers, who had the well-worn path of the Huron and Ojibway to follow as they travelled westward.

This will mark the 42nd year that participants will paddle the historical waterways of the Mattawa River in the hopes of becoming a category champion.

Last year over 130 paddlers from six provinces signed up for the race, with a record number of 70 boats.

The record time to beat, set in 1995, stands at an impressive 5 hours, 27 minutes and 53 seconds.

2018 Race sponsors thus far include BDO, Redpath, Slingchoker, Creighton Docks and Boat Lifts, Clermont Duval Art Gallery, Pattison Signs, Parry Sound Canoe Club and Sugar Daddy Cupcakes and Catering.

Sue Buckle, Supervisor, Communications & Outreach    (705) 474-5420