61st Canton Canoe Weekend
Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th, 2023
Paper registration forms will be available at Taylor Park for day of race registrations. You may save time on race day by downloading the race waiver. Only one waiver is needed per person for the weekend events. Please bring a signed hard copy with you on race day.
Best Western University Inn is offering a lodging discount of $30 to $55 off their best rates for Canton Canoe Weekend paddlers who prefer not to camp! Just mention 'Canton Canoe Weekend' when making your reservation.
Race Headquarters: Taylor Park, Taylor Park Road, Canton, NY.
Canton Canoe Weekend is one of the premier canoe race weekends in New York State! There are top-level international competitions in solo and tandem racing canoes and kayaks. The 12-and 14- mile courses are among the most challenging on the marathon race circuit. In addition, there are 1-, 3-, 5- and 8-mile race events appropriate for the local recreational racer, and a 2-mile team relay race for recreational paddlers. All races are on the Grasse and Little Rivers, with the start and finish at Taylor Park, Canton NY. Amenities include a children’s playground, music by DJ Double Dutch, chicken barbeque, drinks and snacks by GT's Family Restaurant (Sat. only), award ceremonies, ample parking and free overnight camping.
Bathhouse restrooms will be supplemented with portable toilets.
Racing Class Information
NYPRA is allowing the GRB C-1 Pro Concept boat to participate in the C-1 – Open class. However, race directors, at their discretion, may choose to establish a separate class for the GRB C-1 Pro Concept boat.
During the 61th Canton Canoe Weekend the GRB C-1 Pro Concept boat will be allowed to compete in the C-1 Pro and Amateur classes.
Solo and Tandem Race Entry Fees*
Rushton Tour Entry Fee
Race preregistration is now closed. You may register for the tour or a race at Taylor Park prior to the race start. Save time on race day by downloading the race waiver. Please bring a signed hard copy with you on race day.
*Fees are per paddler for solo and tandem entries, and boat based for C-3/4 and Voyageur Canoes. Check or exact change please!
Schedule of Events
Friday - May 5th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - The Rushton Tour: a 4.5-mile one-way downstream recreational paddle from Pyrites to Taylor Park. Launch anytime between 4 PM and 6 PM.
Saturday - May 6th
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Modern Rushton Races: Bring your canoe or kayak and join us for the morning recreational races of 1-, 3-, 5- or 8-miles. A ‘Rushton Division’ in the 1- and 3-mile races for those paddling Rushton type canoes, either homebuilt or produced by various commercial manufacturers, is sponsored by Slipstream Watercraft. Special awards will be presented for the ‘Rushton Division’. The 'Wounded Warriors Division' in the 1-, 3- and 5-mile races is sponsored by Mountain Wounded Warriors Sled Hockey Team.
11:30 AM - Recreational Races Awards Ceremony
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM - C-1 Pro International World Championship & C-1/K-1 Amateur Races:
14- and 12-miles on the Grasse and Little Rivers.
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM or Until Sold Out: GT's Famous Chicken Barbecue - Join us for a chicken barbeque dinner or just a 1/2 chicken. The chicken dinner includes 1/2 chicken, salt potatoes, pasta salad, homemade roll, brownie or cookie and a drink. Half chicken will be available as well. Pre-orders by Sunday, April 30th are encouraged to help GT's plan, pre-order cutoff will be Thursday, May 4th at 12:00pm! Please have cash ready at pick-up time on Saturday (exact change preferred). You may also pay via Venmo. Sorry, we cannot take credit cards at Taylor Park.
3:00 PM - C-1/K-1 Races Awards Ceremony
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Joe Randi/Rushton Relay (Family & Friends, High School, College Challenge & Open Divisions): come out to the park and have fun on the water with family and friends for this 2-mile relay race!
~4:30 PM - Canton Canoe Weekend Raffle Drawing!
Race Course Map
Sunday - May 7th
10:00 AM -12:00 PM - C-2 Pro, C-2/K-2 Amateur, K-1 Special:
14- and 12-mile races on the Grasse and Little Rivers.
12:45 PM - C-2/K-2 Races Awards Ceremony
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Try Out A Boat: A variety of recreational kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, children's kayaks and racing boats will be available to test paddle with assistance from Canton Canoe Weekend volunteers and paddlers (weather permitting).
2019 Try Out A Boat
2019 C-1 Race
Start of the 2022 Recreational Races