Kingston to Ottawa

The Kingston to Ottawa 200 (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site. The race is on slow moving water, includes 22 portages and must be completed within 32 hours. All types of non-fixed paddle crafts are allowed in the race however, no crafts with sails or pedals are permitted. Examples of non-fixed paddle crafts are: canoes, kayaks, voyageur canoes, paddle boards, etc. Expect an incredible journey, an incredible event, and an incredible challenge.

The 2014 Kingston to Ottawa 200 Race featured several prizes that were raffled off at the end of the race amongst our participants. These prizes included:

-One SeaBird Designs Black Pearl HV Kayak and one carbon kayak paddle (valued over $2800!) generously donated by Kayak Sport Canada.

-One 17′ Jensen Ultralight Tandem Canoe (valued over $2800!) generously donated by Jenda PaddleSports.

-Two Hydration Backpacks from Geigerrig

-One Custom Knife from Douglas Knives

-Various Hat and T-shirt apparel from Trailhead Paddle Shack

Keep posted for some new awesome prizes for next year’s race!

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The K2O race spans across the Rideau canal starting from Douglas Fluhrer Park in Kingston Ontario and ending at Corktown Bridge by Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  The race course comprises different water sections including river, lake and cut canal.  Starting on the Cataraqui river, paddlers will make their way to the Kingston Mills Lock Station then continuing on the river which is broken up by small lakes and additional lock stations.  The river then gives way to a series of large lakes that include Newboro and the Big Rideau.  Approaching Smiths Falls the canal narrows again and remains relatively narrow for the remainder of the race.  The river then makes its way through the quiet countryside going by the occasional small town.  Approaching Manotick the canal gets more populated as Ottawa looms.  The last section of the race goes through Ottawa including the last 10km which are through a cut section of the canal in an urban setting.  Canada’s Parliament comes into view marking the final push to the finish at Corktown Bridge.

There are 22 lock stations some with multiple locks along the course which must be portaged. Locking through the canals is not permitted.  Lock stations and portage routes around locks are clearly marked along the way.

Kingston Mills Locks #47-49 (in flight)355View Map
Lower Brewers (Washburn) Lock #45124View Map
Upper Brewers Locks #43-44 (in flight)46View Map
Jones Falls Locks #40-42, in flight309View Map
Davis Lock #38115View Map
Chaffeys Lock #37199View Map
Newboro Lock #36150View Map
Narrows Lock #3560View Map
Poonamalie Lock #32170View Map
Smiths Falls Detached Lock #3170View Map
Smiths Falls Combined Lock #29a70View Map
Old Slys Locks #26-27 (in flight)70View Map
Edmonds Lock #2531View Map
Kilmarnock Lock #2491View Map
Merrickville Lock #23200View Map
Clowes Lock #20126View Map
Upper Nicholsons Lock #1962View Map
Burritts Rapids Lock #1748View Map
Long Island Locks #14-16 (in flight)173View Map
Black Rapids Lock #1395View Map
Hogs Back Locks #11-12 (1 lift, 1 guard)181View Map
Hartwells Locks #9-10 (in flight)180View Map

For more information on lock stations and portage routes, please visit

Support crews CLICK HERE for detailed driving directions to each lock station.

Support crews CLICK HERE for directions to the racer boat pick up location at the END of the race.

The Kingston to Ottawa 200 is a supported paddling marathon. Support crews are strongly recommended for all racers. Support crews are permitted to provide racers with food, drinks, medicine, clothing, moral support, and other items to fatigued paddlers during the race. Their help can mean the difference between scratching and finishing the race. Racers and their support crews should develop a strong race plan well ahead of time to ensure that aid and supplies will be available when needed. Therefore, support crews will need to be at each lock station ahead of their racing team. All lock stations are easily accessible by road and support crews may only provide assistance within the boundaries of each lock station. Support crews for both Adventure and Competitive class teams may not meet paddlers outside of lock stations during the race.

Portaging Support for Adventure Class Racers – Support crews may provide portaging assistance to Adventure class racers only. This includes helping to lift their craft out of the water, portaging it around the lock station, and placing the craft back in the water. Portaging devices (e.g. portaging trailers) are allowed to be used by Adventure class racers and their support crews and are not required to be carried by the racer.

Portaging Support for Competitive Class Racers – Support crew assistance of any form which would help the progress of a craft on the race course is not permitted. This rule includes but is not limited to, portaging, lifting a craft out of water, pushing or pulling a craft. Portaging devices (e.g. portaging trailers) are permitted to be used by Competitive class racers only if carried with the craft throughout the duration of the race.


Book with Comfort Inn Kingston at Hwy 401 located only 9 minutes away from the K2O start line location (Douglas Fluhrer Park). Mention that you are a K2O participant while booking and receive over 10% off of their standard room rate. Rest up well with a comfortable bed and a nice full breakfast before you get your paddle on!

Comfort Inn Kingston Hwy 401 ON
55 Warne Crescent
Kingston, ON
K7K 6Z5

Kingston, Ontario – Ahoy Rentals has canoes and kayaks available for rental to use in the K2O. Please visit/contact Ahoy Rentals for more details.

Ottawa, Ontario – Jenda PaddleSports has canoes, kayaks, and SUPs available for rental to use in the K2O. Please visit/contact Jenda PaddleSports for more details.

Ottawa, Ontario – Trailhead Paddle Shack has canoes, kayaks, and SUPs available for rental to use in the K2O. Please visit/contact Trailhead Paddle Shack for more details.

Toronto, Ontario – Kayak Sport Canada has kayaks and surf skis available for rental to use in the K2O. Please visit/contact Kayak Sport Canada for more details.

Additional outfitters and available rental boats in the area will be listed on this page.


Aug 8 to Aug 9, 2015


Kingston, ON