The 2nd annual Manotick-Round-the-Islands Paddle was held on Saturday, June 17.
This event saw paddlers completely circumnavigate both Long and Nicolls Islands, portaging around the Mill and the Long Island Locks. Competitors were thus tested in portaging steep terrain, flat water strength and technique, and the art of reading the rapids. The back channel is enjoyed for its many quiet and scenic stretches; and the low water levels of summer add the puzzle of finding a passage through the occasional novice level rapids.
The medal winning duo of Christine Balderson and Ben Reese from Ottawa completed the course in one hour, fifty-six minutes, 59.53 seconds.