Yes! Spectators will be allowed at the 2021 CKC Sprint Nationals. The primary viewing area will be located on the east side of Mooney’s Bay at the finish line. The area will include a large covered spectator viewing tent for inclement weather. In addition, there will be food services onsite and washroom facilities. This will be the area closest to the action, and where medal presentations will be held for our athletes.
Please note that when in the Spectator area, spectators will be required to fill out the CKC App for tracking. Social distancing guidelines will also be in place and it is expected, masks will be required when spectators are not eating or drinking.
Informally, there will also be a spectator area at the end of the race course. It is important to note this small park area will have limited capacity.
For people familiar with previous National Championships or Regattas held at Mooney’s Bay, the Mooney’s Bay park area will be off-limits to all spectators. This area will serve as a restricted access area for athletes only.
For these reasons, no personal spectator tents will be permitted at either the official spectator area or unofficial park viewing area at the end of the course.
The organizing committee will be providing a large covered area at the finish line for rain and shade. For safety and viewing purposes, there is simply no room for additional tents.
Please also note the Rideau Canoe Club will be off-limits for all spectators and athletes and will be an officials and volunteer zone only. Spectating will not be possible from the Rideau Canoe Club (west) side of the venue)
Schedule of Events & Results
Races run every day from about 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. There is usually an hour course break for lunch and two short course breaks in the afternoon.
A full schedule of events, as well as the draws and results, will be available on this website or on the free Canoe Kayak Canada app available on your app store or at this link.
Food & Beverages
While there will be some food services available in the Spectator area, please note there will be no food services and limited water access in the Athletes Village.
Given Covid restrictions, shared water access via fountains and refill stations is not permitted.
While athletes will only be permitted to be in the Village area for a morning or afternoon session, it is strongly advised athletes plan ahead for both personal hydration and nutritional requirements.
There will be plenty of washroom facilities in the Athletes Village area, including both accessible and gender-divided facilities.
Food services within 1 km of the Athlete Zone here.
Our Information Booth is hosted by local volunteers who will have lots of information about the event. As well they will be able to help out the competitors and clubs with information about Ottawa that will make their nationals experience the best.
There will be onsite paid parking at Mooney’s Bay for athletes and spectators. The HOC has secured the parking area directly beside the spectator area and entrance to the Athlete Village. This will be the location where all athletes must enter the property, and will provide all spectators with the easiest access to spectator areas.
This will be the only facility offering a single-fee full-day parking pass, and in and out privileges.
For athlete “drop-off” at the venue, a “quick stop” process will be in place to ensure athletes can enter the site as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The location can be accessed from Hog’s Back Road, on the south side, just east of Hog’s Back Bridge and the Canal Driveway. Watch for volunteers.
With morning and afternoon cohorts, this will be a busy spot. Still, we will have a large volunteer team in place to ensure our athletes and spectators can get in and out quickly and safely. This will be the only entrance into the venue.