History of Canoe the Nonquon:
Canoe the Nonquon was created by the Lake Scugog Historical Society in 1969 as an annual event to raise money for the then newly formed Scugog Shores Museum. Since 1969 the race has raised over $240,000. The race is organized and run primarily by local volunteers. The race attracts participants of all ages and skill levels from across Southern Ontario. It is one of the largest and oldest races of its kind in Ontario.
Over 60 local businesses sponsor the race by placing advertisements in the race brochure and/or by donating prizes. We thank all involved and hope that you will support all our sponsor businesses.
Canoe the Nonquon is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe Racing Association (OMCRA). The course for this race has something for everyone. It is a 26 km trip which starts on the Nonquon River, winding its way through 18 km of lush, green marsh. The river portion of the race changes every year depending on the rainfall. When water levels are high you may find short cuts through the long grasses. During low water levels the twisty sections have lots of 180 degree turns. The last 8 km follows the shoreline of Lake Scugog to Port Perry. The lake can surprise you with calm or wavy waters. There are no start times for the race. Participants race the clock and can start any time between 7:00 am — 9:30 am on Saturday, June 5th. This is a well-attended race with a long-standing history in the community. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, may compete in a large number of recreational or competitive categories. Shuttle vans are available to take participants back to their cars upon concluding the race.
OMCRA Sanctioned Classes
- 40 or better (men, women or mixed)
- 17 & under (girls, boys or mixed) *
- Family Jr. & Sr. (must include one child 17 & under and one adult 18 & over)
- Kayak - Men
- Kayak - Women
- Kayak — Junior (girls or boys, 17 & under) *
- River only (men, women, children — all ages) *
Note: * These classes finish at Robinglade Park, before the lake section.
** All participants in 18'6" canoes must compete in either C1 or C2 classes.
Registration takes place at the Latcham Centre on the Port Perry waterfront at the corner of Queen and Water Streets on Friday, June 4th from 6:00 — 9:00 pm and Saturday, June 5th from 6:00 — 9:00 am. Registration and sponsorship forms will be available at Brock's, The Scugog Standard, Port Perry Star, Scugog Municipal Offices, Port Perry Marina, Rick's Barber Shoppe and the Scugog Shores Museum.
Participants may pre-register by sending their completed application form, sponsor form and payment to the Museum prior to race day. Participants must still check in with the registration desk at the Latcham Centre prior to starting for safety reasons and in order to receive their canoe race number.
The registration fee is $40/canoe or kayak. Participants are encouraged to seek additional pledge money from friends and family. Prizes will be awarded to the participants who raise the three highest pledge totals.
Bridge at the Nonquon River, near 10th Concession of Scugog (Village of Seagrave), 10 minutes north of Port Perry. Maps are available at the registration desk at the Latcham Centre.
Robinglade Park (if just canoeing the river portion) or Palmer Park (if canoeing the river and lake). Shuttles will be available to take racers back to their car.
The Awards Presentation will take place on Saturday, June 5th at the Latcham Centre at 2:00 pm. The top 3 finishers in each event class will be awarded medals. All participants will receive an entry prize and be eligible for draw prizes donated by local businesses. Prizes will also be awarded to the participants who raise the three highest pledge totals.
Join us at the waterfront for children's crafts, BBQ, exhibits and other activities offered throughout the day.
For more information contact:
Curator, Scugog Shores Museum
tel: 905-985-8698x103/ fax: 905-985-2697