Canoe the Nonquon fundraising event June 4 in Port Perry

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By Glenn Hendry

Published on May 3, 2022 at 3:21 p.m.

The 52nd annual Canoe the Nonquon, Scugog Shores Museum Villages’ largest annual fundraiser, takes place Saturday, June 4 in Port Perry.

The race, which is open to competitive and recreational paddlers, is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA).

The route begins on the winding Nonquon River. For the first few miles there are plenty of tight turns to practice your bar turns. There are also dead-end canals along the river section (if in doubt, always keep to the right). There are 12 kilometers of river paddling followed by an eight kilometer sprint along the shores of Lake Scugog to the finish line.

Participants race against the clock and can start anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The race was started by the Lake Scugog Historical Society as a fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Museum Village. More than 40 volunteers help plan and organize the well-attended run each year, which has a long history in the community. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, compete in a large number of competitive or recreational categories.

Registration takes place at the Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, Port Perry on Friday June 3 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday June 4 from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. The entry fee is $60/canoe or kayak and all participants must bring a completed entry form, signed waiver and emergency contact form to the Latcham Center before heading to the start line. After your registration, you will receive your bib.

Participants are encouraged to collect pledges with a prize to be awarded to the top fundraiser.

Participants can canoe or kayak the full course or the river portion only in many different classes, such as men’s, women’s, mixed, over 40, 17 and under, family, etc.

Canoe the Nonquon starts at the bridge on Scugog Line 12, between Old Simcoe Road and Simcoe Road North, near the village of Seagrave, 10 minutes north of Port Perry. The finish line is Robinglade Park (if river race only) or Port Perry public jetty at Latcham Center (if full race).

Shuttles are available to take participants back to their cars at the end of the race.

The event is sponsored by Durham Tourism and the award for best fundraiser is offered by Brock’s. For more information or to download entry forms and waivers, visit www.scugog.ca/museum

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