The rivers of the Ottawa Valley are incredible resources.

In celebration of the rivers and the recreational opportunities they provide to residents, the HOHW organizers and our sponsors are actively working to minimize the cost of participation.  We want to see people outside, enjoying the fresh air, exercise and excitement of paddlesports.

The Ottawa River is among Canada’s most  historic waterways, a backbone for the development of our nation.  The Petawawa is one of the few remaining whitewater rivers in “southern” Ontario that remains largely untouched; free of major dams, and any major industries as it flows from the heart of Algonquin Park. Let’s ensure that the recreational value of these rivers is more visible, and celebrated by the general public.

That is why Hell or High Water was born back in 2009, and now it has grown to become one of the largest whitewater races in North America.

On Saturday, May 9, 2020 the first boat of many will launch into the waters of the Petawawa River, right here in Petawawa, marking the official start of the twelfth annual Hell or High Water weekend. The event celebrates the wild rivers of the Ottawa Valley; come celebrate with us.

Consider entering a team into the raft race. Or, if you are a kayaker or canoeist, enter the race and see how your times compare against your friends, or even some of Canada’s top paddlers.

Canada’s largest whitewater race, HOHW features stand-up paddle board (SUP) demos, flatwater paddling, camping, photo contest and loads of family events including inflatable fun.

Take the time to celebrate our rivers and join us for the weekend.

Graham Kent