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Relive this moment in history: canoe with ties to northwestern Ontario races in 1967 celebrations

A canoe that raced for Ontario as part of national centennial celebrations in Canada back in 1967 has a number of ties to northwestern Ontario. Ontario's canoe resides in Thunder Bay, Ont. In addition, four paddlers from that 1967 race are from Atikokan, Ont.

4 Atikokanites paddled in Ontario's canoe, which is now in Thunder Bay

Ontario's centennial canoe was used in 1967 in a cross-Canada race, involving teams from all provinces. Atikokan, Ont. Mayor Dennis Brown said four of Ontario's paddlers were from his community. (Supplied)
Matt Procopchuck takes a look at the history of the Canadian Canoe, that now finds its home in Thunder Bay 7:14

A canoe that raced for Ontario as part of national centennial celebrations in Canada back in 1967 has a number of ties to northwestern Ontario.

The Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant was a gruelling 5,300 km paddle and portage trek over 104 days.

Ontario's canoe resides in Thunder Bay, Ont. In addition, four paddlers from that 1967 race are from Atikokan, Ont.

Listen to CBC coverage from 1967 when the canoes first took to the water, courtesy of Wayback With Matt

The fate of the canoe has also come up in recent years in Thunder Bay city council chambers.