MRX Coureur des Bois Stage (Day 1)
Distance: 89 km, 16 portages (4800m)
Whitney to Oxtongue Lake
The River X crew announced an expansion course to the Muskoka River X Classic in 2015. Building on the heritage of the canal expeditions of the 1800’s, the Coureur des Bois will challenge even the most experienced expedition and marathon paddlers. Teams will paddle the routes of the canal expeditions leaving Whitney and traveling west through Galeairy, Rock, and Whitefish Lake. After traversing Lake of Two Rivers, teams will make their way to Cache and Smoke Lake. From Tea Lake teams navigate downriver on the Oxtongue River before finishing Day One with a long and exhausting portage around the mighty Ragged Falls. With 89km and 16 portages (4800m) under their belts, the Coureur des Bois will enjoy a mandatory overnight at Oxtongue Lake. Day 2 will begin with an early morning shuttle to Huntsville where they will join the Classic and Sprint teams on the start line. Coureur des Bois teams will finish the MRX Classic Stage 1 at Baysville and continue on with Stages 2, 3, and 4. Traversing the wilderness of Algonquin Park and circumnavigating the Muskoka River system, the Coureur des Bois is truly the ultimate in backcountry expedition racing.