Bundle up for the canoe race
It looks like it could be a chilly one this year, when the Raisin River Canoe Race hits the water on Sunday, April 15 for the county’s annual rite of spring.
The Weather Network predicts a high temperature of zero Celcius, with cloudy conditions, while Environment Canada calls for a six degree high, with a 60 per cent chance of showers.
As for the river conditions, Phil Barnes, of the Raisin River Conservation Authority, says, “It should be a good year.” He noted on Monday that the river was calm, but with light rain expected this week, the water level should rise slightly.
The 30 km race was first run in 1973. The course runs from St. Andrews West, downstream through Martintown, to Williamstown.
Discounted online registration is available until 11:50 p.m. tonight (April 11), with onsite registration opening Sunday morning, on the grounds of St. Andrew’s School, at 9 a.m.
There are various categories of entry for canoes and kayaks.
A pre-race breakfast will be served at St. Andrews Parish Hall, starting at 6 a.m., and there will be a concluding banquet in Williamstown, at the CharLan Rec. Centre, beginning at 2 p.m.
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