The 2019 edition of the Raisin River Canoe Race is just a week away, scheduled for Sunday, April 14, running the traditional course from St. Andrew's West downstream to Williamstown, a distance of just over 30 kilometres.
Online registration, at a reduced rate, is available until April 11. To register or for more information, please see the Raisin Region Conservation Authority canoe race web page here.
The 2019 edition of the Raisin River Canoe Race is scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 14. Online registration for the 30 km run downstream from St. Andrew's to Williamstown is now available here.
The event first took place in 1973 and has been held all but one year since.
There are various categories of entry, including recreational, professional, student, and kayaks.
The Raisin River Canoe Race will be postponed one week and will be held on Sunday, April 22 this year. "We have considered the latest forecasts which call for the likelihood of a high impact storm consisting of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain all weekend. These conditions would be very unpleasant for paddlers, spectators, volunteers and volunteer safety crews. We are also concerned about participant and spectator safety," says the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. "Those who have pre-registered online will be given the option of a deferral for next week, a refund, or they may elect an alternate paddler for their entry. We will be contacting people by email directly. We are committed to this decision, and the race will be held on the 22nd regardless if the weather forecasts change.
For the latest updates, please visit our website at http://www.rrca.on.ca," adds Lissa Deslandes, Regulations Officer and Communications Coordinator with the authority.
We will have more in this week’s edition of The Glengarry News.
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority is advising caution near local rivers and creeks. The recent precipitation and unseasonably warm temperatures are resulting in rapid snowmelt and ice breakup. Water levels are currently rising and water is moving quickly. Since water is currently contained within the river banks, for the most part, wide-scale flooding is not expected at this time.
This photo shows water in a field near Fassifern.
Visit the RRCA flood forecasting website for updates.