The Canoe Kayak Canada Sprint National Championships is one of Canada’s great sporting traditions. Since 1900, Canadian women and men, canoers and kayakers have been competing for the annual Burgee that recognizes the top canoe and kayak club in Canada.
The 2020 Nationals will be held at the historic Rideau Canoe Club, one of Canada’s oldest clubs. The Rideau Canoe Club hosted the championships for 20 consecutive years from 1947 to 1966. The 2020 Nationals will represent the 31st time the Rideau Canoe Club has hosted the championships.
Rideau 2020 is the first time since 1976 that Nationals will be held outside Lake Banook Race Course in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in an Olympic year. This is notable because it is expected all of Canada’s women and men canoe and kayak Olympic athletes will be racing at the 2020 Nationals just after have returned from the Tokyo Games.
This will provide a unique opportunity for event participants, sponsors, and the Ottawa community to be up close with Canada’s Olympic stars.
Tokyo 2020 will also represent the first time the sport of Women’s Canoe will be raced at the Olympics. 11-time Gold Medalist at the World Championships, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, will be among those competing in Tokyo and racing at Rideau in 2020.