The Glengarry News


Raisin River Canoe Race sees 195 entries under glorious weather

sean Apr 9, 2017 - 4:56pm

High water levels and warm sunshine greeted the 195 entries in the Raisin River Canoe Race today. Among the changes for the 2017 race, the start line was moved 5 km downstream, and portaging was required in Martintown – both for safety reasons. 

As always, your dedicated Glengarry county information source, The Glengarry News, was there covering the event, with two reporters/photographers. We will have photos, results, and more in the next edition of the newspaper.

canoe race in Martintown
Boats approach the portage point in Martintown. (Sean Bray photo)

Raisin River Canoe Race on Sunday expected to be a fast one

sean Apr 7, 2017 - 3:01pm

With rains this week, the water level is very high on the Raisin River, which on Sunday will feature the 45th annual canoe and kayak race.

Updating the story we have for you in The Glengarry News this week, Lissa Deslandes of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (organizers of the race), confirms that the race is on.

The matter of allowing participants to shoot the dam in Martintown, however, is pending, as conditions are currently too dangerous to allow it. Should the water level be as high on Sunday, paddlers will be prevented from going over the dam and instead forced to portage around it. A final decision will be made by the safety crew on race morning. You can check out some photos of current conditions on the RRCA canoe race Facebook page here

Online registration is closed. Entries are accepted on race day, however, starting at 8:30 a.m. If you are inclined to fill out the registration form out ahead of time, it can be accessed here. Waivers can be signed when you pick up your canoe race number at the registration table, at St. Andrew's Catholic School, which is also the race start point.

No further canoe rentals are available.

Paddlers and the general public might be interested in the pre-race breakfast, available for $6 at St. Andrew's Parish, available from 8 a.m. onwards.

The awards banquet will be held at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, with entertainment and a spaghetti supper on tap.

Each finisher of the race receives a medal. Check out the special edition medals available this year:

Raisin River Canoe Race medal for 2017. (Photo courtesy of RRCA)