One of Eastern Ontario’s biggest canoe races is back! The Raisin River Canoe Race will be held on Sunday, April 10. 

The race, presented since 1973 by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA), follows a 30-kilometre course downstream on the Raisin River, from St. Andrew’s West to Williamstown. The race takes place in spring, when water levels are still high enough on the river for it to be navigable. 

Along the route of the race, paddlers encounter rapids – including one ominously named Devil’s Chute. They also have the opportunity to shoot the dam at Martintown, rather than portage around it.

Breakfast is provided before the start of the race at the church hall in St. Andrew’s West and food is provided at the recreation centre in Williamstown.

The race is as much of an attraction for spectators as it is for paddlers. Thousands of people gather on bridges and the riverbank to watch and cheer on the participants. 

It costs $25 to $50 for participants in kayaks and canoes to enter the race, depending on the size of the craft and if it is competing in the recreational or pro division. Discounts of $10 are available for student paddlers and those who register online. 

On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. on April 10, on the field next to the Raisin River, beside St. Andrew’s Catholic School. The race itself begins from the same site at 10:30 a.m. Online registrations are accepted until the end of the day on April 7.

For more information on the 2022 Raisin River Canoe Race, and instructions for online registration, go to the following link: Raisin River Canoe Race.