White Bear Challenge

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Temagami Waterfront


9:00 AM   Registration

9:30 AM   Orientation

10:00 AM Race begins!


Smoothwater is thrilled to sponsor the 2017 White Bear Challenge! First held in 1996, the White Bear Challenge is a race through the White Bear family's traditional lands in Temagami, Ontario. Participants will paddle and portage through the pristine waters and old growth pine forests that Temagami is known for.


Participants (in teams of two) will be given a canoe and a loaded pack to manoeuvre over a 16-kilometre long route. Fear not, the portages account for only 1.9 km of that! Packs, canoes, and safety gear are being supplied by Smoothwater Outfitters. Paddles and PFDs will also be available, though it is expected that participants will prefer to use their own. For route details, see the map at the bottom of the page.


1st place $200
2nd place $100
3rd place $50

Additional prizes TBA...


Feeling up to the challenge? You can register in advance by downloading the registration forms below, sending the completed versions to info(at)smoothwater(dot)com, and calling in your credit card info (705-569-3539). The registration fee is $50 in advance, or $60 on race day (per team of two). You can also register in person at our lodge, or at the Canoe Festival on the day of the race (at that time, only cash will be accepted). See you all at the waterfront!



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