...and into living history. This paddling event is truly a marathon on water, drawing its inspiration from the French fur traders that did their trapping in the lake Erie region and sold their pelts at Fort Niagara. As locals know that is quite the distance, 23 miles North on the Niagara River to be exact - and that is just from Buffalo harbor. As history has it, the trappers headed up the Niagara River to the La Salle landing and from there carried their canoes and pelts overland to Lewiston landing, put back in and continued paddling North to Fort Niagara to another payday.
This adventure paddling event will start on July 20th 2019, between the hours of 0600 and 0800 hrs. at the Fort Niagara swimming pool parking lot, buses and boat transport will depart to Buffalo (Tonawanda) start point. Paddlers in either canoes or kayaks will start North out of Aqua Lane Park and onto the Niagara River and continue around the East side of Grand Island, ending the first leg of the journey at Griffon park in Niagara Falls. Paddlers will load boat transport and buses and be driven to Lewiston landing to start the final leg of the run. On arrival to Lewiston, paddlers will collect their boat, portage down a short distance to launch from the ramp and continue to Fort Niagara. Once you reach the Fort, you'll drag out at the South boat ramp, cross the finish line and enjoy a brief rest before the evening's festivities. Your evening will include music, dinner provided by the Motoversal Grill & Cafe' and raffle drawing for the three grand prizes for all who finish. Paddle to compete or just for fun.
Dinner, music and prizes at The Fort!