There were Open Canoes everywhere! MKC was transformed to being the host for the Open Canoe Nationals in the week of July 20-24th. We gave exclusive access to our world-class waterway for this prestigious event, luring paddlers from all corners of the continent to the Madawaska Rivers Chalet rapids gates. Even a horse trailer from Montana came across the country re-fitted to carry the latest designs in fun, fast and ferocious canoe technology!
Here are the people who made it all happen: Andrew and Carole Westwood spent over a year organizing this BIG event; Beth Kennedy finessed the online reservation system (Zone4) for 35 classes of competition; software guru James Vermeulen worked hard to keep score all week long; Dana Henry designed the challenging yet fair race course; Paul Mason sourced the coolest gear bag for each competitor and OPG gave us an extra day of water; Gail Shields styled it as race start; & Nick Stead – MKC Core Staff Member caught all the action on camera. All we did was open up MKC, serve great food and the fun flowed – downstream!
When they all left, we couldn’t help but say “ what a great vibe – when are they coming back.
Take a gander at a few photo highlights from our very own MKC Raft guide/ Resident photographer Nick Stead. High quality photos are available for purchase by contacting email@example.com: