Raisin River Canoe Race returns April 10

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By Nick Seebruch
Raisin River Canoe Race returns April 10
Participants from the 44th annual Raisin River Canoe Race at the Martintown Dam.

SOUTH GLENGARRY, Ontario – After a two-year hiatus, the 49th Raisin River Canoe Race returns this April 10.

The Raisin River Canoe race was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The race, which is one of the longest races in eastern Ontario, sees hundreds of canoers from across Ontario and the country come to ride 30km of the Raisin River from St. Andrews West in South Stormont to Williamstown in South Glengarry.

“Ever since the first Raisin River Canoe Race in 1973, the event has been like a rite of spring for both residents and visitors to the area,” said RRCA Canoe Race Coordinator, Lissa Deslandes. “Thanks to the support from many local organizations and sponsors, as well as the Race Safety Committee, the RRCA has been able to continuously coordinate a successful race throughout the decades.”

The race is organized by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) and participants and spectators are asked to follow the RRCA on social media for the latest updates. Those who would like to sponsor this year’s Canoe Race can contact Deslandes at (613) 938-3611 ext. 237 or Lissa.Deslandes@rrca.on.ca.

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