Thunder on the River to roll this weekend at Long Sault Parkway


Celebrate Dad at Thunder on the River, the Long Sault Hydroplane Races, on Father’s Day weekend June 14 and 15 at Mille Roches Beach on the Long Sault Parkway.

Audiences will be thrilled with the high speeds and display of amazing racing skill as some of the top hydroplane racers in North America get the racing season underway.   

Thunder on the River attracts more than 70 hydroplanes to compete with racing getting underway at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14.   

Thunder on the River will include four race classes: 1.5 litre stock–Popular and small, these hydroplanes can reach speeds of 150 km/hour and are powered by Toyota four cylinder engines; 2.5 litre stock–Exciting side-by-side racing using pump gas and 4 cylinder Ford engines; Hydro 350–Reach speeds of 185 km/h.  Boats race extremely close together; The Grand Prix class – the fastest automotive powered class in the world.

This exciting event will feature more than 20 heats of racing action of inboard hydroplanes. 

There will be lots of opportunities for visitors to get up close to the hydroplanes and to speak with the pilots and see for themselves what makes this event one of the most exciting in the region.

Tickets are just $12 per person for a one day pass or $20 for a weekend pass.  Children 12 years and under are free.  Fees include day-use entry to the park.  Food and beverage services will be available on site.   Limited seating is provided and spectators should bring lawn chairs to sit and watch the action.  

The event is presented in partnership with Promoter Bob Abbott and Valleyfield Regatta.  This close partnership ensures that the races are run in a safe and professional manner.    


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