2019 Open Canoe Nationals
Whitewater Ontario and The Minden Whitewater Preserve are pleased to host the 2019 American Canoe Association Open Canoe Slalom Nationals and the Canada/USA North American Championships.
The event will be held on the Gull River within the Minden Whitewater Preserve
Registration opens January 1st. Registration after April 15th will be an additional $15. Registration after July 7th will be an additional $25.
The dates for the race: Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21
Gates will be up by Wednesday, July 17. The course will be available for training on Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18.
The Gull River is considered to be the premier site for white water slalom sports in Ontario. National and World Cup competitions are hosted here annually. In 2015 it was the site for the slalom events of the Pan-Am Games.
In 2018, an extensive river restoration and landscaping project began which has improved the water flow in the river and created safer and easier river access points, from the trails, along the length of the course.
The Town of Minden is about 2.5 hrs. north east of Toronto on highway 35. The Whitewater Preserve is located approximately 5 kilometers north east of Minden on the Gull River via County Rd. 20. (Horseshoe Lake Rd.). You will see the race course from the road as you approach the Preserve. Turn South onto Bethel Road and cross the single lane stone bridge. Immediately turn Right into the Minden Whitewater Preserve (MWP). See “Lodgings/Services” section for detailed information about the MWP.
Parking and camping are available at the MWP. There is also some day parking available on river right at a small put-in midway down the top half of the river on the south side of County Road #20. There is a large parking lot on the north side of County Rd #20 and at the Training Centre (MWP). Do not park on shoulder of County Rd. #20 or on Horseshoe Lake Road.