The RACCC is a diverse and inclusive canoe club for adults and families. We have over 340 members of all ages and skill levels, over 250 events each year offered through our flatwater, whitewater, and family programs, as well as numerous training opportunities.
RACCC (Rack) Fest 2016 - September 9-11
Since 2007 we have been getting together in September as a club to celebrate the end of another paddling and camping season. Though we have gathered at different locations and paddled a variety of waterways the purpose of this event has always remained the same, comradery, camping and paddling.
This year we will be again meeting at Gracefield Christian Camp and Retreat Centre.
This campground is about one and a half hours north from the RA Centre on Lac Castor Blanc. The directions from Google are here.
The cost for camping is $10 per night per person and children under 18 are free. You can choose to come up Friday or Saturday to camp and paddle but be sure to be there for the Potluck Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Karen Hurd has will be running archery and the Flatwater paddlers can paddle on Lac Castor stopping to see “the Point”, Turtle Rock, Bruno’s, and the TransCanada Gazebo. Mark Scott is hoping to have flatwater people go on the Picanoc River on one day.
The Flatwater trip around Lac Castor will take about 3 hours and there are other possible Flatwater paddles including Lac Mer Bleu or Lac Paquin. Flatwater canoes are available for rent at the camp if transporting a canoe from the shed is not possible for you.
Please note that this event is open to non-members.
Killarney is a very popular park, so reserving 5 months in advance is a necessity. When we got our camping permit, they said to take the first available campsite since the park was fully booked. Paddling down Bell Lake, we saw that half the campsites were not yet occupied. And when we did the short portage into Balsam, the excellent campsite close to the portage was available, so we took it. A couple of days later, when we portaged into David Lake, we were able to occupy an even better campsite and the lake did not seem fully occupied. So go figure.
On the morning of Saturday August 6th an event called the Ottawa Riverkeeper 4K took place, which is an event where swimmers swim from the Lac Deschênes Sailing Club on the Ontario side, finishing in Parc des Cèdres in Aylmer, Quebec. Several RACCC volunteers joined the 57 paddles who helped escort the 108 swimmers safely across.
Thanks to the wonderful Dot Bonnenfant for posting on the RACCC forum looking for volunteers, and the following RACCC members who volunteered: RACCC volunteers: Bill & Debbie Danson, Cory Dignard, Donald Haines, Jane Inch and Bee Rootham.
The top male, Derek Parker finished in 00:57:39.3, and the top female Lesley Dusevic in 01:02:28.5.
See photos on Flickr Thanks to our awesome photographers Bente Nielsen, Michael Nunan, and Rob Huntley.
Call me sentimental, but my first multiday trip with the RACCC had to feel big or I would be homesick again for Sudbury/ Killarney/ French/ Chiniguchi/ Manitoulin. After a week on the water with 4 fine companions, I was not disappointed!
Early morning Saturday we had a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa to Gracefield Camp to arrive by 10am. Karen Hurd was there to greet us and usher us down a single lane through the forest to our campsite.
The club functions because of our amazing volunteers - and we need your help with Boathouse inventory. This is a weekly activity where the main tasks are an inventory of club assets, noting wear of equipment and putting equipment away. The time commitment is usually around 1.5 to 2 hours.
We need volunteers every Tuesday night at 6pm. Specifically dates to fill include August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, September 6 and 13.
This was our 2nd year for Flatwater Tuesdays - beautiful evenings spent on the Rideau River just 5 minutes drive from the shed! Once again - it was great! Twelve paddlers joined in for lessons and coaching for Tandem and Solo canoeing! We focused on paddling technique based on physics - to be more efficient and effective boat control in pivots, sliding sideways, circles, arcs, dock landings, paddling backwards, cadence paddling in synch for boat trim and efficient paddling, 4 (out of 9) j-strokes, rafting techniques, paddling beside another canoe and using Voyageur Canoe ideas: 'check' (stop the boat - no more 'bumper boats'!) and Skeg-down (to hold the canoe still and steady when not paddling) ... and more.
It was a mix of 'intro' (beginner) and 'intermediate' Paddle Canada flatwater canoeing skills. Participants were happy, enthusiastic paddlers and learners! Thanks for joining in - you were great! HUGE thanks to instructors: Karen Hurd, Mark Scott, Michele Baddoo and Erynne McPhee.
Here's to FW Tuesdays 2017! Hope you will join us.
I am dreaming of having some 'solo Sundays' this autumn... stay tuned! Watch postings in the Calendar, on the Forum and our Facebook page! Dot B.
Wondering what the fire risk is before going on a camping trip? Click here to find out.
Six club members had a outstanding trip down the French River to the Delta. The weather was great and the winds were relatively low on travelling days (but not always, see photo to left). Click "read more" to see more photos.
The crew on Mark's annual Petawawa river was a mix of beginners and experienced white water paddlers, but everyone who came along was adept at canoe camping. This made for a great group who worked and paddled well together. I can confidently say that everyone had a great time, despite rainy weather, and hordes of angry mosquitoes.
This was a relaxed eight day trip with great weather, wonderful campsites and good company. We started at Rock Lake and paddled south through Pen and Clydegale Lakes and then returned. Click "Read More" to see a few photos.
Over the weekend, a member's car that was left at the RA Centre was broken into. The rear window was smashed and a GPS unit was stolen. A quick reminder regarding parking at the RA Centre ...
Carpooling is encouraged for all club trips. Members usually meet at the boathouse to coordinate equipment and leave vehicles. However, for overnight and longer trips, whenever possible, we encourage members to leave cars at home or secure another space for your car.
All vehicles parked or operated on the RA Centre property are solely at the risk of the owner and/or operator. The RA (nor the RACCC) is not liable for any damage to loss occasioned to any vehicle, it contents, operator, other occupants or any person on RA property. This applied to the use of, and storage of bicycles as well as cars (or boats).
Never leave valuables in your car.
|Sun Aug 28 @ 8:00PM - 05:00PM|
|Wed Aug 31 @ 8:00AM - |
|Thu Sep 01 @ 9:00AM - 06:00PM|
Algonquin Park - Booth Lake
|Thu Sep 01 @ 5:30PM - 10:00PM|
Meech Lake Thursday Evening Paddle
|Sat Sep 03 @ 7:00AM - 06:00PM|
Algonquin Park - Booth Lake
|Thu Sep 08 @ 5:30PM - 10:00PM|
Meech Lake Thursday Evening Paddle
|Sat Sep 10 @12:00AM|
|Fri Sep 16 @ 4:00AM - 12:00AM|
Lows Lake - Adirondack Park
|Sat Sep 17 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Killarney in the Fall
|Thu Oct 06 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Thanksgiving On Schooner lake