Paddlers Ready To Tackle The Nechako
Prince George, B.C. – Paddlers from around North America have gathered in Prince George for the 2016 Northern Hardware PG Canoe Race.
There are actually two races that go on Sunday: the Alexander Mackenzie Class is a gruelling 67.5 kilometre paddle for experienced tandem canoes. There’s a briefing for competitors which starts at 8 am Sunday. The race begins at 9 at Isle Pierre and will challenge the abilities of the participants as they take on the white water of the Isle Pierre and White Mud rapids on the Nechako. The finish line is on the Fraser at Lheidli T’enneh Park.
The Simon Fraser Class is a 32 km race which is open to tandem canoes, solo or double kayaks, voyageur canoes and stand-up paddle boards. The race starts at 10:30 am at Wilson Park in Miworth and it, too, concludes at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
Festivities are lined up in the park following the races and will include awards, lots of music and a barbeque. The celebration runs from 3:30 to 6 pm. Should it be raining at the time the race awards will be handed out in the atrium of Exploration Place.
As well, Exploration Place is currently featuring an exhibition that focusses on the role the canoe has played in Canada’s history and will be open from 9 am to 5 pm Sunday.