General Information


  • All registered race participants (40km, 13km, 4km) will receive a bib number, meal tickets (Sat lunch and dinner), post-race snacks, swag bag and the opportunity to participate in many after race activities and just have fun with other paddlers!
  • T-shirts are only guaranteed for registrations received by July 15, 2020.
  • Fees increase by date and for on-site registrations; please check the Registration and Fees tab for details and to avoid surprises.
  • Prizes awarded to first place in all categories (boat or board, age, gender) with some additional fun prices to be given out.


Racers will be divided into various categories according to board or boat (Canoe, Kayak, SUP, Prone), distance (40 km, 13 km, 4 km, 1 km), gender (male, female) and age (under 18 for 4 km only, 18-34, 35-54, 55+).

Boat/Board InformationUORRPF logo

  • Tandem Canoe 16 to 18 ft
  • Kayak
    • 12 ft and under
    • 12.1 to under 14 ft
    • 14 ft and over
  • SUP
    • 12 ft and under
    • 12.1 to under 14 ft
    • 14 ft and over


  • Shuttles to fetch vehicles at the start line (Petawawa Point) will be offered from Riverside Park (timings TBD).  However, participants may wish to work out a buddy system (spouse, friend) where you are dropped off at the start and your buddy brings the vehicle back to Riverside Park. 
  • Plan ahead for dry clothes!  A bag can be left with event staff on Friday night at the Registration Tent for you to retrieve at the finish line (particularly important if your gear is all in your car at the starting location).  The UORRPF assumes no responsibility for lost or missing items.
  • All participants are encouraged to carry sunscreen, insect repellant, a hat, sunglasses and a wind-shell.
  • All participants are encouraged to bring rain gear.
  • All participants are encouraged to carry energy snacks and drinking water/juice. One liter per hour is recommended.
  • All participants are encouraged to carry a bilge pump (canoe/kayak).


  • Paddling equipment, personal floatation devices, safety kits and whistles must be provided by the racer and in their possession during the race at all times.  These items will NOT be provided by the Upper Ottawa River Race.
  • All participants MUST wear a CSA approved personal floatation device with a whistle attached to the front.
  • Participants MUST register for all events and sign a waiver of liability and release form at this time.
  • Participants MUST attend a pre-event briefing that will be held before event start time(s) and pay close attention to the information given to paddlers by the race organizer and the starting official.
  • Participants MUST ensure that their bib race number is visible at all times.
  • 40 KM participants MUST carry a cell-phone during the race.  Contact information for the safety boat will be provided at the pre-event briefing.
  • Participants MUST complete the event without assistance.
  • At the finish, participants MUST identify themselves to the event timing staff. This is to ensure the safety of all participants and volunteers on the river.
  • Participants are encouraged to have a buddy on shore to report in with event staff in case of an emergency or failure to arrive at the finish line.
  • All participants MUST display courtesy to fellow competitors, avoiding interference and boat or paddle contact.
  • In the case of capsizing, stay with your canoe, kayak, SUP. If you require assistance, flag down the race safety boaters for aid. If you are able to continue, you can swim to shore and bail out your boat (canoe or kayak) or remount or drag to shore (SUP) then continue with the race.
  • If at any time you decide not to complete the race once started, please inform the safety boaters and the race organizers at the finish area.


All participants must sign a release of liability and waiver form in person upon registration at the event. Any participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the waiver on their behalf. 

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This event is jointly hosted by the Town of Petawawa and the City of Pembroke.