Race Information

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All paddlers must carry a Transport Canada approved life vest in their boat AT ALL TIMES. Life vests must be accessible and may NOT be attached to the boat. Boat cushions are not considered adequate flotation devices. Paddlers under 14 must wear life vests while in a boat. SUP paddlers must wear one while on the water.

All boats must keep within 200 meters of the East shore of the Lake except at the mouths of creeks. Keep to the right of all marker buoys.

To ensure the safety of all participants, we will have patrol boats stationed along the course each day staffed by professional personnel and other volunteers. Safety boats with communication devices are prepared to offer assistance.

Officials reserve the right to:

  1. disqualify a boat, delay, shorten or stop the event at any time due to wind, weather or other conditions;
  2. require paddlers to accept a tow, land their boat or leave the race if, in their opinion, the safety of either the paddlers in question or others are being jeopardized;
  3. disqualify any paddler who, in their opinion, is interfering with or disregarding any safety procedure;
  4. require paddlers to WEAR their life vests;
  5. take any action they deem necessary to ensure the safety of any or all participants. A boat carrying alcohol or recreational drugs will be automatically disqualified.

Cut-off times have been established for each day of racing to ensure that all paddlers and volunteers are off the water before dark. Paddlers failing to make these cut-offs will be required to pull out of the event for the day and will be listed as DNF “did not finish” for that day, and may paddle the next day in the Open Touring Class. Paddlers who do not make the cutoffs will not be eligible for mileage pins.

It is the responsibility of all participants to come to the aid of fellow paddlers if the need arises. Any racer endangering the safety of another contestant (i.e. bumping on a portage) will be disqualified from the race. Please note that race officials are the final arbiters on questions of safety, and all racers are required to follow their instructions at all times.
If the race is stopped or delayed your time will be recorded and you will be guided to a shore location to wait for further instructions.


BC Hydro offers a lodging package at Mica Creek start line for $89 per person per night (including taxes) with breakfast, bag lunch, dinner and access to their pool, hot tub and sauna. Reserve your room on the Entry Form.

There are many lodging and dining facilities in and around Revelstoke. Please support our sponsors. Be aware that the start line at Mica Creek is a 2 hour drive from Revelstoke.


Developed camping sites on highway 23 along our canoe route include Martha Creek Provincial Park – 46 sites (for reservations www.discovercamping.ca or 800-689-9025), and the following non-reservable recreation sites (www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca): Wadey (LaForme) – 30 sites, Carnes Creek – 33 sites and Downie Creek – 22 sites. See maps on pages 8 and 9 for locations. Camping is also available on public land along highway 23, but park well off the white line on the edge of the highway and refrain from littering.


Race organizers are offering a free shuttle for paddlers, but not their boats, from the finish to the start of each day. Boats will be parked at the finish line for the start on the following day. At the finish on Sunday your boat will be transported to the Columbia Park Elementary School where the BBQ and awards ceremony will be held. Please check the NO box on the Entry Form if you will not require this service.


The David Thompson Paddlesport Classic offers a variety of boat classes, described in detail below. When choosing a canoe, kayak or SUP for this event all paddlers should consider boats that are stable enough to handle the windy conditions often found on the Lake from time-to-time. They should also be light enough to transport over the race’s many portages, one of which is more than one kilometer in length. Certain modifications may be made to boats, such as stretching material over, or placing flotation bags in, canoes. Please note that all modifications are subject to the approval of the boat judge.
These guidelines have been written as specifically as possible, but all racers should note that the on-site boat judge is the final arbiter of all class decisions. If you have any questions call the race hotline at (250) 814-7473.

About Wheels

Wheels have become more popular in recent years and can be especially helpful since most of the portaging is on old abandoned roads. Racers who opt to use wheels must carry the wheels and all associated equipment with them during the entire race. A sub class may be developed for crews using wheels.


3-DAY OPEN TOURING: The largest and most popular class in the event. Non-competitive participant category for canoes, kayaks and SUP’s. No unlimited kayaks or amateur class canoes are permitted in open touring. No age or gender divisions and no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd-place awards will be given. You are in it to finish. Times will be kept. This group of paddlers will start first each day and must make cut-off times to finish each day.
1-DAY OPEN TOURING: Same as above for first-timers only. Sunday only.
C-1 AMATEUR: One person in a solo racing boat (concave gunwales).
C-1 STOCK: Maximum length – 17′, Tumblehome not to exceed 3.5″ per side. No minimum weight. The current C-1 Stock list includes GRB Newman Designs: Classic and Classic XL; Wenonah: Advantage, Prism, Encounter and Solitude; Sawyer: Summer Song, DY Special and Shock Wave; Savage River: Otegan (modified); Bell: Magic; Mad River: Independence; Clipper: Freedom.
C-1 RECREATION: Any canoe or sea kayak of any material with a maximum length of 16′ and a minimum width at the 4″ waterline of 22″. Must use double bladed paddle.
C-2 AMATEUR: Included in this class are WENONAH SCR’S (Standard Class Racers); COMP cruisers; Jensen VI; Jensen P3; and 3 x 27’s. If it looks like a racing canoe with concave gunnels, it is.
C-2 STOCK: Included in this class are hulls similar to the Jensen 18. There are minimal concave lines in the hull and no concave lines in the gunwales. Maximum length is 18’6″, no minimum weight. Minimum width at 4″ waterline is 15 percent of length (33 5/16″ for 18’6″). Tumblehome max is 1″ per side. The current C-2 Stock list includes: Wenonah: Jensen 17, Jensen 18, Jenson WWII, Sundowner, Minnesota II, Monarch, Odyssey, Escape, and Escapade; GRB Newman Designs: Traveler 17’5″, Traveler 18’6″, Monarch; Mad River: Lamoille, Horizon; Bell Canoe Works: Northstar, Northwind and Northwoods; Savage River Works: Susquehanna.
C-2 RECREATION: Maximum length – 17’6″. Weight – minimum of 55 pounds from the manufacturer. Race organizer discretion: If it looks like a racing canoe, it is not a recreational canoe. Any boats made specifically for racing are excluded from this class.
C-2 FAMILY: Must be related, with one paddler 11 to 16 years of age. Recreation or Stock boats only.
C-3 FAMILY: Must be related, with one paddler 10 years old or younger – or a pet (on a leash). Recreation or Stock boats only. Paddlers 10 and under must WEAR a life vest while in the canoe.
C-4 STOCK CLASS: In an effort to make the competition about the team of paddlers and not the boat, organizers have identified the most readily available boats to base class specifications upon. Boats must weigh a minimum of 55 pounds, and be designed by the manufacturer to accommodate 4 paddlers. Wenonah’s Minnesota 3 (with 4 seats) and Minnesota 4 are built primarily for back country travel but perform admirably in a competitive event against similar craft. Boats of similar design to the Minn 3 and 4 must be inspected and be approved by the boat judge.
Specific hull measurements:
A. Maximum length of 23’1″,
B. Minimum width at the center line, at the 4″ water line is 33″, at both the gunwales and 4″ waterline.
C. Minimum width at the 4″ waterline – 4 feet in from the bow is 16″, 4 feet in from the stern is 17″.
D. There is no concavity in the longitudinal axis of the hull (bow to stern) and no concavity in the cross section (side to side) below the 7″ waterline. There are minimal concave lines in the hull and no concave lines in the gunwales.
E. Minimum depths from the manufacturer: Bow = 20″, Center = 13½”, Stern = 17″.
C-4 UNLIMITED CLASS: Maximum length of 25’11”, Minimum weight 50 pounds. Boat must be built to accommodate 4 paddlers. Minimum width at the widest point from gunwale to gunwale is 32″. No concavity along the length of the gunwale from bow to stern. Minimum depth: Bow = 17″, Center =12½”, Stern = 13½”. Paddlers must use canoe paddles. One of a kind boats are permitted. There will be only one C-4 unlimited class including men, women and mixed teams.
STANDARD VOYAGEUR CANOE: Minimum of 6 paddlers in a canoe built to meet the following specifications: Maximum length 28′, Minimum width at gunwales and 6″ waterline 39″, Minimum depth of 14″.
OPEN VOYAGEUR CANOE: Minimum of 7 paddlers in a boat built to accommodate them – No restrictions!
K-1 TOURING KAYAK: Kayaks of any material with a maximum length of 20′ and a minimum width at the 4″ waterline of 18″.
K-1 UNLIMITED KAYAK: Kayak over 20’ long and/or less than 18” wide at the 4” waterline, includes Surfskis.
K-2 TWO-PERSON KAYAK: Two people in any kayak.


For each boat class except the open class there will be gender and age classes provided there are a minimum of 3 boats in the class. Otherwise classes will be combined.
GENDER: Male, female and mixed.
AGE: OPEN: Under 40; MASTERS: 40 +; SENIORS: 60 +; SUPER VETERANS: 75+  Age class must be based on the youngest person in the boat (C2 stock, touring kayak and C4 stock classes only).


Paddlers are encouraged to have support personnel, or “pit crews”, accompany them along the course. Pit crews can carry belongings and offer refreshments and encouragement throughout each day, enabling paddlers to focus on the task at hand. Pit crews must provide their own vehicles. Pit crews may provide only nutritional assistance and encouragement; they may NOT carry the racer’s boat or equipment or upgrade equipment during the course of a day’s paddling. Only broken or malfunctioning gear may be replaced. Pit crews may NOT provide wheels for a boat on any portage; if a racer opts to use wheels to carry their boat, they must carry the wheels in their boat all three days.


We need volunteers, safety boats, timing personnel, monitors, etc. Please call the race hotline at (250) 814-7473. We sincerely appreciate all the help we can get to make this event enjoyable and successful for all! Volunteers are offered a free meal at the awards ceremony on Sunday.

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Hosted by:

Revelstoke Paddlesport Association
Columbia Basin Trust
Organiser: Bill Pollock


Ph: (250) 814-7473
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Revelstoke Paddlesport Association