The Upper Jock River Canoe Race is a fun and interesting 12+ kilometer canoe race run each April. The race has a long history dating back to 1971 when it was a down-river whitewater course run on the Lower Jock River. The current course on the Upper Jock is far tamer and many families and recreational paddlers use it as a first opportunity to get out on the water. The course runs though the beautiful Richmond fen which is a highly significant Ontario wet land. Most of the course is quite shallow and there are several swifts or Class I rapids towards the end of the race, depending on the water level. There are generally no portages however there are usually some constricted areas in the fen where canoe traffic can bunch up. Current is a factor the entire distance so the end comes quickly but not too soon for some that are making it their season opener.
12.6 km: Racing C1 & C2, Open 17′, Recreational canoes & kayaks
Richmond Ontario (20 minutes south west of Ottawa). The race starts 12km west of Richmond at the Munster Road bridge. Organizers provide a shuttle service back to the start line.
Registration in advance or on race day. Race start at 12:00 pm.