The Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival Starts In
Registration Opening Soon


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 at 8:00pm on Friday August 11th with the Reel Paddling Film Festival at Riverside Park in Pembroke, Ontario.

The events continue on Saturday August 12th with 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 the second installment of Stand Up For CHEO. A leisurely paddle on the Ottawa River all for a good cause.

For more information contact:
Colin Coyle, Program Coordinator
Town of Petawawa Parks & Recreation
613-687-5678 ext. 2102

Want to Volunteer? Email Colin

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Reel Paddling Film Festival

Friday August 11th, 2017

Rapid Media's annual Reel Paddling Film Festival 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.

  • FREE Admission
  • Bring a camping chair or blanket for this outdoor film festival
  • Race Pre-Registration - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    • 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

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 long sleeve quick dry race shirt, lunch, 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:1504) and hotels rates are available at Holiday Inn Express Pembroke or Quality Inn Petawawa as well as various other accommodations in the area.


Download the full Event Schedule (Subject To Change)


Race Schedule

  • 9:00am
    • 13 KM Race Registration - Petawawa Point
  • 9:30am
    • 13 KM Race Start - Petawawa Point
  • 11:30am
    • 4 KM Race Registration - Riverside Park
  • 12:00pm
    • 4 KM Race Start - Riverside Park
  • 1:00pm
    • Kids Races - Riverside Park
  • 4:00pm
    • Awards - Gazebo


  • 10:00am - 6:00pm (Field)
    • Food Vendors
    • Retail Vendors
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm (Field)
    • Kids area with inflatable bouncers
    • Children's activities
  • 1:00pm - 6:00pm (Beach and Beachfront)
    • Kids Races
    • Stand Up Paddle Yoga - spaces are limited
    • Aerial Yoga - spaces are limited
    • Yoga on the Beach
    • UOVBC Rowing
    • Kayak and SUP instruction
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Registration Information

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Kayak Fishing Derby

Saturday August 12th, 2017

This human-power fishing derby will have a “Catch-Measure-Photo-Release” format and will be run during the first day of the Festival. The Derby is multi-species with prizes for longest smallie, largemouth, pike, walleye and longest fish overall. The Ottawa River is a multi-species mecca with over 85 species of fresh water fish to be found along its length. Most recognized freshwater sport fish can be found in the mighty Ottawa. The Pembroke and Petawawa areas of the river are abundant with smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, pike and musky. Other commonly caught fish include channel cats, sturgeon (closed season all year), perch and gar. Fishing kayak rentals are available although limited in number.

Please reserve in advance by calling 613-687-5678 ext. 2104 You can also e-mail kwilliams@petawawa.caRiot Fishing Kayak

Lots of swag for each participant ($100.00 value) and prizes will be available for category winners. Prize draws will also give all participants a chance to win a Riot Escape Angler Fishing Kayak and a Whitewater Zodiac Fishing Tour courtesy of Ottawa River Adventures.


  • 6:00am Registration
  • 7:00am Derby Start
  • 12:00pm Weigh-in

Please see the Kayak Fishing Derby Rules for more information, rules and regulations etc.

Tight lines and keep your paddle in the water!

Stand Up For CHEO Petawawa

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.

Stand Up For CHEO (SUFC) is a non-profit event sponsored by Trailhead Paddle Shack. All proceeds are donated to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Now celebrating our 6th year, our mission statement has always been to raise money for a good cause and to grow the sport of Stand Up Paddling. Spend the day, meet fellow paddlers, promote fitness, have fun and support CHEO!

SUFC founders Mathew Hinther and Duncan Keith have both benefitted from the services of CHEO. Matt grew up with severe asthma and allergies and spent most of his youth in CHEO’s care. Duncan’s son Dylan also suffers from life threatening allergies and asthma. Together these two fathers decided they wanted to give something back to the hospital that has given them and their community so much.


All Events at Petawawa Point

  • 8:00am - 9:00am
    • Registration
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
    • 5 KM and 12 KM paddles
  • 12:00pm
    • Kids area and music
    • Slack-Lining
    • Lunch
  • 1:00pm
    • Stand Up Paddle Yoga
    • Celebrity Fun SUP Relay Race
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Free Kayak Rentals
  • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    • Demo and Ship Wreck Paddle
  • 2:00pm
    • Kayak Fishing
    • X-SUP, a new SUP game

Heritage Paddle

Sunday August 7th, 2016 - Petawawa Point

Wally Schaber

Join Author Wally Schaber ~ “The Last of the Wild Rivers” and Guide Larry Graham of the Ottawa River Canoe Brigade as the take you on a historic paddle through the island off the shore of Petawawa. From beached ship wrecks to stories of the Ottawa and Dumoine Rivers. Enjoy a beautiful scenic paddle and a catered lunch on the beach. Join Wally after the paddle for a full AV presentation about his book The Last of the Wild Rivers. Bring your own canoe or kayak or join in with Wally and Larry in one of the Ottawa river Canoes as you paddle as a team.


  • 9:00 am Registration
  • 10:00 am Excursion Guided
  • Tour & Historic Paddle Catered Lunch on local island.