?The Great Canadian Canoe Race?

The Great Canadian Canoe Race echoes the historic tradition of wilderness exploration by canoe in Canada, while adding the challenges of competition and physical endurance. It is a unique attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, highlight the world class Powell Forest Canoe Route. The race is expected to attract participants from throughout BC, and the Pacific Northwest.

The Powell Forest Canoe Route?s first annual Great Canadian Canoe Race is on August 21st and 22nd, 2004. The demanding 81km course encompasses two days of canoeing and portaging through the breathtaking scenery of Powell River?s lakes and forests.

Beginning on Lois Lake, the first day takes the paddlers over more than 25 km of water and 8 km of land, to an overnight camp at Goat Lake. Times are logged as each canoe arrives at the designated area. On the final day, all canoes proceed down Powell Lake to the finish line at the beach at Mowat Bay. Second day times will be added to the first day?s to determine final standings.

Total prize money is set at $28,000, with first place finishers receiving $2,500, second place $1,000, and third place $500, in each of seven categories: Men?s Individual, Women?s Individual, Men?s Doubles, Women?s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, 8 person Relay Teams, and an Open Category. The relay is divided into four segments, with two paddlers for each leg of the race. The Open Category is for non-motorized watercraft which does not qualify for the traditional canoe categories.

The Great Canadian Canoe Race also features an Outdoor Recreation Trade Show from the evening of August 20th, through August 21st and 22nd at the Powell River Recreation Complex. Opportunities exist for retailers, manufacturers, adventure companies and guides, to display their products and services. The trade show allows the community and its visitors, a chance to view equipment, vehicles, apparel, and services, which enhance everyone?s enjoyment of the great outdoors. Equipment demonstrations and guest speakers are planned to round out the weekend experience. Admission is free to the public.

The Powell River area is rich with outdoor recreational resources. The climate and terrain provide ideal venues for year round activity. The Powell Forest Canoe Route is a ?must? for all paddling enthusiasts.

For more information about the Great Canadian Canoe Race and Outdoor Recreation Trade Show, visit our web site at www.greatcanadiancanoe.ca , Email info@greatcanadiancanoe.ca,or call 866-ICANOE2 (866-422-6632).