Timmins kayaking

Course and Venue Maps & Info

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Depending on the division you enter, The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge will take place on the Mattagami and Mountjoy Rivers, including a short paddle on Miller Lake for the Elite Challenge. The check-in booth will be located at the Mattagami River Beach, directly south-west of the Mattagami River Bridge located on Algonquin Boulevard.

This is a flatwater course with a mild current.

Aerial view of the Mattagami bridge

Aerial view of the Mattagami River and event venue.

Note: Routes are subject to change. Participants are encouraged to visit this website regularly to monitor changes and updates to the event. Final course maps and complete schedule of events will be available for viewing at the registration tent on the day of the event.

A welcome bag and race bib will be provided to all participants at this time. All participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability including a model release during registration.

Participants MUST attend a pre-challenge briefing that will be held prior to challenge start time(s).

Boat sizes will be inspected at this time to ensure size compliance.

Not registered yet, check out registration rules and regulations.

The following course maps are available for download. They require Adobe Acrobat to view.Maps also contain detailed race information.

Kayak Race – Detailed Info & Maps

 

 

PLEASE NOTE CHALLENGE CHANGES FOR 2016.

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 *New* The Elite Challenge- 32kms (No restrictions on Length)

Departure time: 9:00 am

Open to all age groups
Entry Fee: $110
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $1,500 (depending on number of registrations) for both male and female categories.
Estimated duration: 3-4 hours.
Boat restrictions: Any length of  kayak.   Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race.
At approximately 32 km in length, the Elite Challenge is the most physically demanding course in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge. This challenge requires participants to paddle both the Mattagami and Mountjoy Rivers and incorporates two 100 metre portage. Kayak carts may be used but will not be supplied. Carts will be available for purchase.

The Elite Recreational Challenge- 16kms

Departure time: 10:00 am

Open to all ages
Entry fee: $75.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $750.00 (depending on number of registrations) for both male and female categories.
Estimated duration: 2 hours or less
Boat restrictions:  10.65:1 ratio, any construction
The Elite Recreational Challenge will take place on the Mattagami River. This course is 16 km in length with no portages.

The Recreational Challenge- 16kms

Departure time: 10:15 am
Open to all age groups
Entry fee: $60.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $400.00 (depending on number of registrations) for both male and female categories.
Estimated duration: 2 – 3 hours.
Boat restrictions: 14'4" and under, any construction
The Recreational Challenge will take place on the Mattagami River. This course is 16 km in length with no portages.

*New* Plastic Kayak Challenge – 10km

Departure time: 11:00 am
Open to all age groups
Entry fee: $40.00
Estimated duration: 1.5 hours- 2
Boat restrictions: any length of  plastic kayak Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race.
At 10km in length, the Plastic Kayak Challenge takes place on the Mattagami River only.

The Open Long Boat Challenge-6.5kms

Departure time: 3:15 pm
Open to all age groups
Entry fee: $30.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $350.00 for both male and female categories
Estimated duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Boat restrictions: 10.65:1 ratio, any construction
At 6.5 km in length, the Open Long Boat Challenge, takes place on the Mattagami River only. There will be no portages in this division. You may enter the Open Challenge even if you have participated in other divisions.

The Open Little Boat Challenge-6.5kms

Departure time: 12:45pm
Open to all age groups
Entry fee: $30.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $350.00 for both male and female categories
Estimated duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Boat restrictions: 14' 4'' and under, any construction

At 6.5 km in length, the Little Open Challenge takes place on the Mattagami River only. There will be no portages in this division. You may enter the Open Challenge even if you have participated in other divisions. Open to all age groups, 45 minutes to an hour estimated duration.

The Novice Challenge-5kms

Departure time: 2:00 pm

Open to all age groups with less than 2 years of kayak paddling experience
Entry fee: $30.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $250.00 for both male and female categories.
Estimated duration: 1 – 2 hours.
Boat restrictions: 14'4" and under, any construction
At 5.0 km in length, the Novice Challenge, which takes place on the Mattagami River only, is perfect for those who kayak casually or are new to the sport. There will be no portages in this division.

The John Shaw Seniors (Masters) Rec  Challenge-6.5km

Departure time: 12:30 p m
Age 55 +
Entry fee: $30.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $250.00 for both male and female categories.
Estimated duration: 1 – 1.5 hours.
Boat restrictions: 14'4" and under, any construction   Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race.
Paddling the Mattagami River only, this challenge is 6.5 km in length with no portages.

The John Shaw Seniors (Masters) Elite Challenge-6.5km

Departure time: 12:30 p m
Age 55 +
Entry fee: $30.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $250.00 for both male and female categories.
Estimated duration: 1 – 1.5 hours.
Boat restrictions: Any length of  kayak.   Kayaks must have internal storage compartments (bulkheads), storage deck rigging or storage compartments to carry all the gear required for the race.
Paddling the Mattagami River only, this challenge is 6.5 km in length with no portages.

Youth Challenge-3kms

Departure time: 1:00 pm
Ages 14 and under.
Entry fee: $20.00
Top prize: 1st place cash prize of up to $100.00 for both male and female categories.
Estimated duration: 1-2 hours.
Boat restrictions: 14'4" and under, any construction
Paddling the Mattagami River only, this challenge is 3.0 km in length with no portages.

The Jack Watson Celebrity Challenge-3kms

Departure time: 12:00 pm

Open to invited participants.
By invitation only, no entry fee
Top Prize – City Trophy and 1 Year's worth of bragging rights
Must supply own kayak and safety equipment
Estimated duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Boat Restriction: 14'4" and under
Paddling the Mattagami River only, this challenge is 3km length with no portages.

Prize Payout

Prize-payouts for each division will be proportionate to the number of registrations in that category. The estimated prize payout represents maximum pay-out based on 100% registration targets being met in each division.

***Please see Rules and Regulations for additional information regarding boat and age restrictions for all Chall