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Mattawa River Canoe Race
The North Bay to Mattawa race runs through Trout Lake in North Bay and down the Mattawa valley ending at Mattawa on the Ottawa River. The course features long lake crossings, multiple portages, dams and rapids as well as twisting river section so a close inspection is required prior to the race. The race is pit crew supported but with long unsupported sections so safety is a key issue. This event requires training, careful preparation of food, fluids and equipment. The organizers recommend pre-running the entire course. There are many portages and some class 1 white-water. The long race is suitable for intermediate to experienced paddlers. There is a shorter 13K race suitable for family and all skill levels. The race coincides with the Mattawa Lumber Jack Festival so there is a lot to see and do at the finish line. The race celebrates the history of the river and is somewhat of a re-enactment of, and homage to the Voyageur days. There is a tremendous sense of history as you portage over the same trails worn into the rocks by countless generations of First Nations people over thousands of years.