Annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races
July 15 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gunflint Trail Canoe Races
A family-oriented fundraiser that benefits the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Since 1976, friends and neighbors on the upper Gunflint Trail have been organizing the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races. The event has only been cancelled once in 1999 due to the great BWCA Blowdown. This event offers a night of summer fun on the edge of the BWCA for the whole family.
Festivities start at 4:30 pm and usually end around 8:30 pm.
There will be food and beer tents outside, silent and live auctions ongoing throughout the evening, a kayak raffle, camaraderie, and of course, the races.
Seventeen (17) Canoe Races for multiple ages and abilities and plenty of space to cheer on favorite teams among different Gunflint Trail resort staff. Choose from 6 regular and 6 backward paddle races, the long distance, solo paddle races for men and women or the challenging gunnel pumping races. Whatever your age and ability you can test your paddling skills and have a great day on the lake shore.All are welcome to register onsite.
A commemorative, fund-raising 2019 Canoe Races T-shirt will be available onsite for just $20. If you’re not able to attend the races, T-shirts may be purchased online where additional donations to the GTVFD will be accepted! (Link to come)
According to GTVFD Chief Jim Morrison: “Funds from the Canoe Races support GTVFD Emergency Medical Services. We have new ambulance that offers much safer operations and a gentler ride to town for responders and patients. We have added glucagon, an IM injection for folks having a diabetic crisis and are unconscious. With the increasing problems with opioid overdose we now carry Narcan. Thanks to all the donations we receive from the community we are able to provide these services and continue to upgrade them.”
An active committee of the Gunflint-Seagull-Saganaga Property Owners Associations,
working with volunteers from up and down the Trail, have made the Races a success for more than 40 years.