2018 Howe Sound Iron Canadian Championship


OC-6 Events

  • Prizes will be awarded. All OC-6 must have a registration weight of 400 pounds. To qualify for unlimited class, there must be 3 canoes registered under the 330 weight class.

  • Winning boats may be requested to ‘weigh in’ at the conclusion of your event, at the discretion of the judges within 30 minutes of race completion.

Divisions: Mens, Womens , Open to Kupuna, must have 3 registered to qualify for a prize category. The Mixed division (minimum 1 man, maximum 3 men) will run within the men's event.

Short Course – This race circumnavigates Keats Island. This is a mixed event (max 3 men) w/ Junior, Open and 50+ categories. Race time is approximately 70 minutes on a 8.7 mile/14 km course. This race runs first thing Saturday morning. Water conditions in the early morning are usually calm and the race course is a favorite for any team wishing a shorter alternative to the iron course. Junior teams who have paddled this course in prior years have registered times within our estimate, and stand very well amongst our field of competitors. However, if the Junior coaches from all participating teams wish for a modified/shorter race course, a request must be addressed to the Race director one month prior to the race day.

Long Course - Starts and FINISHES at Amours Beach NORTH of the Gibsons Wharf, East outside of the Harbour lighthouse, then North to Secret Beach, around Buoy marker, downwind South, past Preston Island, and northwest around Keats Island towards back to Amours Beach. Follow coast line east back to finish line at Amours Beach. (approx. 23 km).

NOTE: Mixed Open will race in Race 3 with Men, all other MIXED Categories are Race 2 with Women.

We reserve the right to alter a course or cancel this race due to unsafe paddling/weather conditions at any point before and during the race event.

See below for Short Course - Long Course - Small Boat Course

Be prepared to stay Friday night! The first ferry arrives in Gibsons at 8:30 AM. There are no registrations accepted on Saturday morning. This is not enough time to setup canoes for a 10:00 AM race start.

Please read the following notes as they should answer most questions about the weekend. If there is anything you need, or have concerns about, please check in at:

Dougall Park Hut - 2 PM - 7 PM Friday

Amours Beach - 7 AM - 4 PM Saturday

Dougall Park - 4 PM - 8 PM Saturday

Gibsons Marina - 8 AM - 1 PM Sunday

General Notes:

Camping: Free camping is available at Dougall Park towards the back of the park away from the Kin Hut building and stage area. Port a potties and toilet facilities are available.

Race Blessing: Coveted Devils Club necklaces will be distributed to those who attend Friday @ 7:00 PM just before the sterrers meeting behind the Kinsman Hall.

Dinner: Satuday night is included with your race registration. Extra dinner tickets can be purchased at the Kinsman Hall Friday 2-6 PM and at the Govt Dock 9-Noon Saturday. $20 each.

** Racers! your dinner ticket is your Race Bracelet. This must be worn to get your dinner. sorry no exceptions.

First Aid: Available at Amours Beach. Saturday 8-4

Lost & Found: Amours Beach. Saturday 9-4

Showers: Coin operated at Gibsons Marina

Trailer Parking: Located behind Gibsons Curling Club in upper Gibsons. Directions provided


Long Course - 10 km "Pulling Water Challenge" will run sunday morning for all small boats OC1,2, surfski and double surfski. Note the schedule has been modified to allow a Mass Start for Men, Woemn and Mixed. the race will be coordinated with the Ferry schedule to allow everyone time to race, attend the awards and catch the next 1:15 ferry home!




All canoes will be stored and rigged at Dougall Park. This will require wheeling the canoes from the park to the Marina Launch (approximately 250 meters) PLEASE BRING EXTRA WHEELS.

All canoes will be required to wheel back to Dougall Park to de-rig and load on trailers after the races.

Cedars Inn (upper Gibsons) We have secured 20 rooms with 2 queen beds sleeps 4 for $129 per room. They have been blocked in until May 15 for paddlers who say they are booking for the Howe Sound Outrigger Race , after that date room will be open to the public to book.

For returning paddlers, please note the Ritz Motel no longer exists. We still provide free camping at Dougall park located at the race site, or you can search for near by B&B's within Gibsons.

Sunshine Lodge and Garden Inn are two other uptown options.