The town originally embraced hydroplane racing in the mid-1940s, when the International Nickel Cup Regatta was run among the 1,000 Islands. At that time, the event was made possible through the support of Frank LaQue, the Vice President of the International Nickel Company – who hailed from Gananoque.
The races grew to welcome thousands of spectators, with crowds lining the waterfront to watch the exciting action. It was known as one of the largest and most integral hydroplane regattas held in North America. The Gananoque event was highly regarded by both drivers and teams, who entered boats from as far afield as Florida, Texas, California and across Canada.
Fast forward to present day and the Nickel Cup is getting shined up again. More than 70 hydroplanes will be flying over the course during the regatta weekend. All have one thing in common: they’re part of an event with roots as deep as the St. Lawrence River. Be there to see the past come alive.