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 9th with kayak and SUP clinics, race registration and live entertainment on the beach by the bonfire.

The events continue on Saturday August 10th with the Kayak Fishing Derby and a day of races on the river at Deep River Yacht Club (44km), Petawawa Point Beach (13km) in Petawawa and Riverside Park (4km & kids) in Pembroke.

The festival wraps up on Sunday August 11th with Raise Your Paddle as well as the third annual Heritage Paddle.

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Race Day

Saturday August 10th, 2019

44km Registration Fee - $72 (All fees and taxes included)

13km Registration Fee - $61 (All fees and taxes included)

4km Registration Fee - $50 (All fees and taxes included)

Kid's Race Registration Fee - FREE

Features kayak, canoe, stand up paddling (SUP) and outrigger races on the Ottawa River from Deep River Yacht Club to Riverside Beach Pembroke (44km), Petawawa Point to Riverside Beach Pembroke (13km), as well as 4 km loop races at Riverside Beach Pembroke.

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 44km and 13km racers to pick up your vehicle, prizes and trophies (for 1st place in a variety of categories), live music and lots of activities and fun!

Early Registration (44, 13 & 4 km at Riverside Park)

Friday August 9th: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

44km No Late Registration, Must Register Friday Night (Pembroke)

Saturday August 10th

Pre-Race Meeting - 6:00 am

Race Start - 6:30am

13km Late Registration (Petawawa Point)

Saturday August 10th - 8:30am

Pre-Race Meeting and Stretch - 9:15 am

Race Start - 9:30am

4km Late Registration (Riverside Park)

Saturday August 10th - 1:15pm

Pre-Race Meeting and Stretch - 1:45 pm

Race Start - 2:00pm

Kid's Race Registration (Riverside Park)

Saturday August 10th - 3:30pm

Pre-Race Meeting and Stretch - 3:45 pm

Race Start - 4:00pm

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Kayak Fishing Derby

Saturday August 10th, 2019

Registration Fee - $73 (All fees and taxes included)

This human-power fishing derby will have a “Catch-Measure-Photo-Release” format. The Derby is multi-species with prizes for longest smallie, largemouth, pike, walleye and catfish. 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

Lots of swag for each participant and prizes will be available for category winners.

Note: Registrations received after July 1st, 2019 does not guarantee shirt or shirt sizing.


  • 6:00am Registration (Petawawa Point)
  • 6:45am Event Briefing
  • 7:00am Derby Start
  • 12:00pm Weigh-in
  • 2:00pm Awards (Riverside Park)

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Tight lines and keep your paddle in the water!

Raise Your Paddle

Sunday August 11th, 2019

Registration Fee - $46 (All fees and taxes included) + Fundraising

The City of Pembroke and the Town of Petawawa have partnered with the Renfrew County Canadian Cancer Society to Raise Your Paddle for Cancer research. Whether you canoe, kayak or stand up paddle we want you to join us as we paddle together and explore the mighty Ottawa River all while raising awareness and funds for a worthy cause that touches so many people and families. This event is open to experienced and new paddlers as this event is not a race but designed for paddlers to move as a group in a beautiful and scenic environment and enjoy each others company and surroundings.

Boats and boards (limited availability) are available for free if you do not have your own. Please email or call 613-687-5678 ex 2102 to reserve your boat or board ahead of time.

Registration - 5 & 10km (Petawawa Point)

Sunday August 11th - 10:00am

5 or 10km Community Paddles - 11:00 am

Lunch (Sponsored by Quality Inn / Holiday Inn Express) - 12:30pm

Celebrity Paddle - 1:30pm

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

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Heritage Paddle (Limited Seats)

Sunday August 11th, 2019 - Petawawa Point

Registration Fee - $35 (All fees and taxes included)

Join Alastair Baird of Voyageur Canoes as they take you on a historic paddle through the island off the shore of Petawawa. From beached ship wrecks to stories of the historic Ottawa River. Enjoy a beautiful scenic paddle and a catered lunch on the beach. Reserve your paddle in an authentic voyageur canoe as you paddle as a team. Spaces are limited.


  • Registration - 9:00 am (Petawawa Point)
  • Guided Excursion - 10:30 am
  • Lunch (Sponsored by Quality Inn) - 12:30 pm
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