Saturday, July 1, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
July 1st is Canada’s 150th birthday!
On Saturday July 1st, 2017 paddlers from around North America will be gathering in Prince George for the epic challenge of the Celebrate 150 Northern Hardware Prince George Canoe Race. Over $20,000.00 of prizes provided by the support of our amazing community is up for grabs for paddlers and volunteers.
The confluence of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers has historic significance in the birth of our country. In 1793 Alexander Mackenzie, as part of the North West Company (later to become Hudson's Bay Company HBC) traversed these waters in canoes with the knowledge and skills of First Nations guides toward the historic overland connection with the Pacific Ocean.
Last year over 100 paddlers took on the challenge. Paddlers from 14 years to masters will be eligible. Last years oldest paddler was 73 years of age! The Alexander Mackenzie Class is open to experienced tandem canoes that will face a 67.5km paddle through the challenging white water of the Isle Pierre and White Mud rapids.
Safety along the Race course is provided by the work of the PG SAR in conjunction with the PG Jet Boat Society. The Simon Fraser Class will cover 25km of downriver paddling for both competitive and recreational paddlers. It is open to solo or tandem canoes, solo or double kayaks, voyageur canoes and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) both competitive and re. The scenic Nechako River joins the Fraser River and the finish is at Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park. At the Park there will be a post Race celebration with live music and a barbeque sponsored by Integris and Two Rivers Catering.
Put this event on your calendar. Find a friend and start training. If you are looking for a challenge that will make the summer of 2017 memorable, then the Celebrate 150 Northern Hardware Prince George Canoe Race is for you!