Mooney’s Bay

The venue for the 2021 Canoe Kayak Sprint National Championships is Mooney’s Bay, in Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital.

Mooney’s Bay is an artificial bay on the Rideau River. The Bay was created during the construction of the Rideau Canal. A dam and set of locks were constructed to bypass the rapids in the location of the Hog’s Back Falls. This created a widened area of the river, suitable for boating.

Mooney’s Bay Park is a public park in Ottawa, Ontario, on the Rideau River. Mooney’s Bay Park has a beach, picnic areas, a children’s playground and is the site of the Terry Fox Stadium. Year-round activities are available such as swimming in the waters of the Rideau River, biking along paths that can take riders as far as the downtown core, and cross country skiing. In the summer, Mooney’s Bay Beach is one of the City of Ottawa’s four supervised beaches. Mooney’s Bay Park is regulated by a bylaw which prohibits smoking on the entire beach and park property. Dogs are not allowed at the park.

The race course runs from south to north on Mooney{s Bay, with the finish line located right before the Hog’s Back Lock of the Rideau Canal, UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007.

The Canoe Kayak Racecourse on Mooney’s Bay is the venue for multiple regattas every year including the Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, the largest dragon boat festival in North America, the Canada Day International Regatta, Ontario Championships, Ontario Team Trials, and Eastern Ontario Division Qualifiers and Championships.

There is spectator viewing on the Hog’s Back Marina and on the shores of Mooney’s Bay Park, all along the racecourse.

Site Map

This site map provides an overview of the venue. Click here to download a PDF version.