The Great Labrador Canoe Race

Well, the 3rd Annual Great Labrador Canoe Race (GLCR) is now over, and all, including Outpost Magazine, had a great time!

A great deal of thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, spectators and the recreational and competitive paddlers who participated.

While the legacy of the event is only just getting started, the GLCR is fast becoming a regional iconic affair on the Labrador landscape. The objective of the race is to profile the historical role that the iconic canoe played in trapping, exploration and other travel throughout Labrador. The committee incorporated as a non-profit organization, with the idea of creating an annual event that brings with it ever-increasing challenge and appeal. Key organizations involved include the Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue, Destination Labrador, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and corporate support from Vale, Nalcor Energy and others!

Several records were set on the Churchill River this summer (2012), most notably on August 25, under ideal but challenging conditions. 35 teams competed for over $15,000 in cash and prizes, and for the first time, a mixed team won the shorter Classic Race, while the longer Expedition Race was won by a local team who completed the 35-kilometers in record time. The speed of these racers caught organizers off guard, and there was a scramble to get to the finish line before they did! For their efforts, the champions were presented with a brand new Esquif Canoe.

After the races everyone gathered at Birch Island, where they were able to recover from the challenges of the river and the “Trapper’s Pit Stop” (a portage that participants must complete to receive an event medallion)—and where they enjoyed a barbeque, music and the magnificent outdoors that Labrador is known for.

The organizing committee is already dreaming up schemes for next year’s race, so reserve the last weekend in August 2013, and stay tuned for details at the Great Labrador Canoe Race.

 Story and Photo by: Great Labrador Canoe Race