The Lake Ontario Crossing is a 32-mile paddleboard race from Port Dalhousie in Ontario’s Niagara region, to Toronto.
This is Canada’s first and only open-water distance race for standup and prone paddlers. The 32 mile, point-to-point course matches the standard established by the Molokai-to-Oahu crossing in Hawaii and the Catalina Classic in California.
Make no mistake. Although this is a fresh-water event, a Lake Ontario crossing is a big and exposed paddle not to be taken lightly. At the mid point of the traditional route, paddlers are 25km from dry land and without cell phone coverage for three hours. Weather on the Great Lakes is highly variable, often changing from calm winds to gale-force conditions in minutes. Six-foot swells are common in the autumn months.
In September 2014, Dan Michaluk and Rob Kavcic crossed Lake Ontario in under six hours – Dan paddling prone and Rob on a standup paddleboard. A year later, Gander Tawaststjerna joined them on their second crossing in challenging ocean-like conditions.
With that, Dan and Rob created The Lake Ontario Crossing to share the open-water paddling experience with the local community and its guests. It is a demanding physical and mental test for those ready to take on the open waters of Lake Ontario.