The 8th Annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival of 2016 was a resounding success due in large part to the wonderful participation of our sponsors, vendors and exhibitors who believed in the long term value that such an event would have on our community.
Based on the early successes of the last 8 years, the Steering Committee is again hard at work planning for a bigger and better community event scheduled to take place August 25th, 26th and 27th on the Mattagami and Mountjoy Rivers and staged from the Mountjoy Historical Conservation Park. This year we will continue to include a Friday program consisting of kayak seminars and clinics, wilderness survival seminars, the Marketplace for vendors and exhibitors, Aboriginal Village, performing arts, children play area, and two evenings of live entertainment. We are also excited to announce that the Summer Water Sports company will AGAIN be on site Sunday with three 40 minute performances of water craft stunt shows on the Mattagami River.
We continue to develop and add a number of unique community partnerships to ensure that the peripheral activities and attractions that will be staged in the park continue to appeal to residents and just as important, are attractive to visitors looking for the ultimate end of summer getaway trip with the family prior to the start of the school year. The water based activities continue to attract a growing number of paddlers to Saturday’s 9 paddling categories. From youth to senior, novice to elite, paddlers of all ages come to compete for money, hardware or simply personal best.
Last year the vendor and exhibitor component attracted 102 vendors/artists, with a large number registering from outside the Timmins area. The children’s event was also a resounding success as more than 5000 youngsters took advantage of the numerous free activities made available to them courtesy of the Kiwanis Club and Eastlink TV. The Sunday 3-person sprint race and the Alzheimer Society’s Rubber Duck Race continued to attract many spectators to the cheering section while raising funds to support programming for our partner organizations. The increased programming has resulted in greater attendance while positioning the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival as a must see festival, and a TOP 100 festival in Ontario.
The continued success and growth of the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival is truly dependent on the support that the project receives from the corporate community. For this reason, we invite you to join us and the many other committed corporate partners, to help us to grow this event as we go forward. A donation would go a long way to assist us with the 2015 plans
In return, for your donation we will provide you with a number of deliverables that could include:
Your support of the “Great Canadian Kayak Challenge” is extremely important to the community, and your investment, vital to the continued success of the event, the enrichment of our community and the quality and healthy lifestyle for which our municipality is known. We look forward to your support and we are anxious to discuss this opportunity in greater detail with you. A reply at your earliest convenience would be greatly appreciated.
Guy Lamarche and Jack Watson,
Co -chairs, Sponsorship Committee,
The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival
City of Timmins
220 Algonquin Blv E
Timmins, ON P4N 1B3