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Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival

August 11, 2017 - August 13, 2017


The Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival is a three day event celebrating active outdoor lifestyles and the Ottawa River.

The festival kicks off on Friday August 11th with kayak and SUP clinics, race registration and at 8:00pm the Reel Paddling Film Festival at Riverside Park in Pembroke, Ontario.

The events continue on Saturday August 12th with the Kayak Fishing Derby and a day of races on the river at Petawawa Point Beach in Petawawa and Riverside Park in Pembroke.

The festival wraps up on Sunday August 13th with Petawawa’s Paddle For CHEO as well as the second annual Heritage Paddle.

Festival Kick Off

Friday August 11th, 2017

Rapid Media’s annual Reel Paddling Film Festival (Free Admission) showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

  • SUP and Kayak Clinics
  • Bring a camping chair or blanket for this outdoor film festival
  • Race Pre-Registration – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    • Get your race numbers and swag bag


Riverside Park (next to event camping sites)
961 Pembroke St West, Pembroke, ON

For More information please visit www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com

Race Day

Saturday August 12th, 2017

Features kayak, canoe, stand up paddling (SUP) and outrigger races on the Ottawa River from Petawawa Point to Riverside Park (13km), as well as 4 km loop races at Riverside Beach.

After the races there will be demonstrations and water activities, including stand up paddling and stand up yoga, kids SUP races, a vendors field, kids activities, paddling clinics, a physiotherapy tent, and great local food and music.

Included in your registration you will receive a race shirt (guaranteed with registration by July 1st), lunch and dinner, free shuttle for 13km racers to pick up your vehicle, prizes and trophies (for 1st & 2nd place in a variety of categories), live music and lots of activities and fun!

Stay with us, onsite camping at Pembroke Riverside Park (613-735-6821 ex:1502). For a list of accommodations, click here.

Paddle For CHEO

Sunday August 13th, 2017

Join in this great event on the Ottawa River in Petawawa and help to make a difference for the kids of CHEO.

In 2010, Stand Up for CHEO (SUFC) started as a personal challenge for two friends, Mathew Hinther and Duncan Keith when they paddled 150kms over three days on their stand up paddle boards. They took this opportunity to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), a place that meant a lot to the both of them. Over the years SUFC evolved into a regular community stand up paddle (SUP) event in Ottawa, Kingston and Petawawa. The event’s goals were to promote and grow the sport of Stand Up Paddling while raising funds for CHEO and to this affect it was very successful by raising over $100,000 for CHEO while bringing together hundreds of SUPers.

In 2017 SUFC decided to close shop after having met their original goals, however the spirit lives on in a new event entitled Paddle for CHEO (PFC). As part of the Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival, Paddle for CHEO will be open to SUPs, canoes and kayaks as they bring together this great water community to raise funds for CHEO. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of paediatric programs, research, state-of the art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance for families in crisis.

We encourage you to join us, as we raise our paddles, and awareness for a great cause!


For more information concerning the Upper Ottawa River Race and Festival check out their website: http://www.upperottawariverrace.ca.


Riverside Park
961 Pembroke St West
Pembroke, Ontario K8A Canada
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