Armed with a drone, multiple GoPro cameras and a DSLR, Andy has captured and created a captivating testament to the challenge of the Muskoka River X and those that are driven to accomplish this epic expedition paddling race. Big East River X: Being only 9km, the course is achievable for most paddlers as it follows flat-water rivers and ventures only briefly into Lake Vernon.
The Big East River X is a great event to step up your training for the Muskoka River X or just to try your hand at paddling and get on the water. A hour marathon paddling race where solo, tandem, and relay teams race against the clock to complete as many laps of a 10km course as possible in 24 hours.
The Hours of River X. Time is your toughest competition. Muskoka River X Sprint: Muskoka River X Classic: September , The race that started it all. The entire course will be run in reverse direction. Same great course made into a completely new experience. Teams paddle two rivers systems, three lakes and 20 portages for a total of km in less than 24 hours.
The Classic is completely self-supported. Considered the toughest single day canoe race in the world, the MRX Classic is not your traditional marathon-paddling event. Heritage The Muskoka River watershed is a vast area; from inside Algonquin Park east to Georgian Bay and the lakes around Huntsville in the north to the southern waters around Gravenhurst. Since time immemorial, the eastern Muskoka watershed was part of the vast territory of the Algonquin peoples who lived on these lands dating back at least years before the Europeans arrived.
As the fur trade developed, the Algonquin become a critical provider of resources to the Europeans, resulting in the Europeans reaching deeper into their lands.
The competition for resources between European nations and the provision of firearms to their First Nation allies drew the First Nations peoples into armed conflicts, resulting in severe losses. Ultimately, with the expropriation of lands and the use of treaties, the Europeans effectively displaced the Algonquin off their traditional homeland and onto the tiny reserves that remain today.
The western Muskoka watershed was the homeland of the Anishinaabek people. Similar to the Algonquin, the Anishinaabek were ultimately displaced onto small parcels of land controlled by the government though the use of the Robinson Huron Treaty and Bond Head Treaty. In the spring, the families would travel into the watershed to their summer settlements for farming, fishing and hunting. From here they would paddle up the south branch of the Muskoka River to Lake of Bays where they had a settlement at Cedar Narrows Dorset.
ASI, Following the War of and under the care of First Nation guides British expeditions began making their way into the Muskoka Watershed with the goal of finding water routes not vulnerable to American attack. Three initial explorations between and occurred but it was not until Lt. After several more expeditions occurred throughout the British Military eventually deemed the route not appropriate for the construction of a canal.
In Alexander Shirreff began a privately funded expedition to build a canal west from the Ottawa River to Georgian Bay. Although Shirreff did not find a route appropriate for the construction of a canal, he did chart a vast inland waterway of navigable lakes and rivers. David Thompson led the last and best-known European expedition in Although these expeditions were unsuccessful in locating a canal route, they did bring attention to the Muskoka watershed leading to further European expansion into First Nation territories.
Another notable ship that traveled this route was the Nipissing, launched in and then re-commissioned as the Segwun in As an aside, it has been fully restored and is available for public cruises from the Gravenhurst Wharf, see: The northern waters of the Muskoka River watershed saw steam ship travel begin in with the launch of the Northern.
Other notable steamers that traveled this route include the Florence in , the Gem, and the SS. The route from Port Sydney to Huntsville was made possible with the construction of the Huntsville Lock between Steam ship travel on Lake of Bays began in when Alexander Cockburn sold his steamer, the Waubamik, to Joseph Huckins who then renamed it the Dean. From Baysville, the steamer traveled Lake of Bays servicing ports of call such as Dwight, Portage, and the ever-increasing grand resorts.
The dredging of the canal between Fairy Lake and Peninsula Lake between allowed steam ships to travel the full system of lakes of northern Muskoka including Peninsula, Fairy, and Vernon.
With the canal, ships such as Algonquin and the Ramona transported goods and people from Portage to Huntsville and all points in-between.
They also supported the development of Deerhurst Resort in , the grand resort of the Huntsville area. With the development of the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Transportation company in , the wagon and coach link between Lake of Bays and Peninsula Lake was eventually replaced by the small gauge railroad, the Portage Railway, which operated between and Today, with their enduring presence, the Anishinaabek people still regard Muskoka-Parry Sound and parts of the surrounding counties as their traditional territory.
Families know these lands as the hunting grounds, medicine areas, and gathering places, related to them through oral history passed down for generations. Dokis First Nation, situated on the southwest portion of Lake Nipissing. On file at the District Municipality of Muskoka office. The Steamboat Era in the Muskokas.