Paddle for Almonte Hospital


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Almonte Fairgrounds & Almonte Beach

Call for Rafts: Registration Open for the 3rd Annual Raft Race in Support of Almonte General Hospital
Buccaneer or Pirate?
One imagines a buccaneer to be dressed like “The Highwayman” of the Alfred Noyes poem.
“He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin, A coat of claret velvet and breeches of brown doe-skin. They fitted with never a wrinkle: his boots were up to the thigh! And he rode with a jewelled twinkle, His pistol butts a-twinkle, His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under a jewelled sky.” (Apologies to poetry purists).

After all, what is a highwayman, but a landlubbing pirate?  Queen Elizabeth I licensed buccaneers to attack Spanish galleons laden with gold and silver plundered from the Americas. Apparently, government-sanctioned looting got you a knighthood in those times as the buccaneer Frances Drake became Sir Francis Drake.

The pirate, on the other hand, appeared to be more hands on. The eye patch and wooden leg suggest that, unlike Sir Francis, he was battle-hardened and had come in contact with the business end of a twinkling Spanish rapier. The beard was probably more of a hand towel than a fashion statement.

So me hearties, what will you be – pirate or buccaneer?

It’s time to get your crew of salty dogs together to plan your vessel for the great annual raft race, Saturday, August 10 on the Mississippi River in support of the Almonte General Hospital.

Registration is now open. For information or to register, go to We will get in touch. Looking forward to another successful year. Hope to see you on the high seas.

Paddle for Almonte General Hospital
Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Almonte Fairgrounds

Raft Race Registration
Registration OPENS APRIL 1, 2019

Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Location: Almonte Fairgrounds
Time: 10 am- 4:30 pm


This event is a fundraiser for the Almonte General Hospital and is held at the beach at the Almonte Fairgrounds. The Paddle Committee will hold 2 events, a community paddle and a raft race.


Event #1The Community Paddle

Registration fee is by donation only
Registration is on the day of the event

The community will be invited launch their canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards from the beach at the Fairgrounds. Led by John Edwards, the group will paddle up the river in the direction of Appleton and return to the boat launch (5km round trip).


Event #2The Great Raft Race for the Almonte General Hospital

Registration fee is $100 per raft
Registration is by email at:

Participants will assemble a crew of 4 people, plan and gather their materials for their raft ahead of race day. On race day, the crew will assemble their rafts at the fairgrounds and race their completed raft across the Mississippi River leaving and returning from the beach.


Event #3-  Learn to  Paddle a Stand-Up Paddle Board will be available free of charge to the public.

10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.      – Community Paddle
10:00 a.m.                          -Raft Build Begins
12:00 p.m.                          -Learn to Paddle
1:00 p.m.                            -Raft Build Ends

– raft races begin

3:30 p.m. -presentation of prizes for highest fundraising total, winner of raft race, best-decorated raft, best theme-based costume

Date(s) – 10/08/2019 - 08/10/2019
All Day

Almonte Fairgrounds & Almonte Beach


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