Johnston and Mackie Sponsored the 1st annual Kayak Fishing Tournament ($2,000) and are also team participants in Stand Up for CHEO (celebrity Race). SUP race for CHEO raised $32,000 in 2015. (Submitted photo)

2nd annual Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival

Community News


Posted on Thursday, July14, 2016

PEMBROKE – Petawawa and Pembroke’s Recreation Departments have been continuing to make waves as a result of the second annual Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival.

This coming summer, from August 5-7, the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival will once again be hosted by both Pembroke and Petawawa, with the main feature being paddling activities on the Ottawa River. Both communities border the river, which makes sense for the festivals continued partnership.

The festival will open on Friday evening with the airing of the Reel Paddling Film Festival at Riverside Park in Pembroke. Following the viewing, participants can make their way down to the beach for the first night of our Paddle Camp Jam and bonfire. On Saturday, participants and spectators will need to be up early to participate in the as the 1st Annual Upper Ottawa River Kayak Fishing Derby at the Petawawa Point, a multi-species Catch-Measure-Photo-Release fishing tournament.

Shortly after the start of the Kayak Fishing Derby, the main events kick off from the Petawawa Point to Riverside Park in Pembroke and will include a series of paddling races, the largest which will be 13 km from Petawawa Point to Riverside Beach. There are also several short circuit races, demos, challenges, clinics, games and vendor displays. Live music will also be part of the festivities with a second Paddle Camp Jam and bonfire on the beach that evening.

On Sunday, Stand UP for CHEO launches from Petawawa Point. Using stand up paddle boards, sponsored participants paddle a 5km or 12km route around the islands off a Petawawa Point to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. This is the third time the event has been held, following last year’s outstanding success.

After the leisurely paddle, there are many other water based activities taking place, including a Fun Community SUP Relay Challenge in which councillors from both Pembroke and Petawawa compete against one another. Joining them will be the event sponsors. The morning will also consist of a Heritage Paddle. Join Author Wally Schaber (The Last of the Wild Rivers) and guide Larry Graham of the Ottawa River Canoe Brigade as they take you on a historic paddle through the island off the shore of Petawawa. Enjoy a beautiful scenic paddle and a catered lunch on the beach. Full details and registration information can be found on the event website: