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.
Did you have an awesome summer of paddling? Did you know that the trips, training and events happen because of a dedicated group of volunteers who work through the winter to ensure that the next paddling season is a success. As with every year, we encourage all positions on the Executive to be up for competition, but this year many Executive members will not be seeking re-election (many having put in many years and seeing the benefits of new ideas coming on).
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 15th, 2016
This is a call for submission of training fees for reimbursement. The club provides reimbursement for a portion of the fees from safety courses related to club activities and for Paddle Canada instructor certifications.
The club will consider applications for reimbursement of fees paid to obtain or retain Paddle Canada instructor certifications, first aid certifications and river rescue certifications. In the past, the Exec has voted up to 50% reimbursement of the course fee.
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.
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.
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.
June 18th and 19th was a busy weekend at Palmers Rapids with a introduction to whitewater tandem course, an introduction to whitewater solo course and a intermediate solo course. The RACCC course participants were joined by several members and their families who came to play in the water. Getting away from the city and into the river was the theme for the full compliment of happy campers - and we couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
New friends were made, old friends re-connected with, and paddlers introduced to the amazing sport of whitewater canoing. The weekend would not have been complete without great food, a few good swims and the mandatory throw-bag toss which pitted paddlers against each other to see who could toss the bag into a recycling bin.
This is the first of many warm weekends this summer that will see experienced and new paddlers come together to learn from each other and enjoy this sport that not only allows us to see some spectacular parts of the water, but connect with others who share our passion.
A big thank you to all the volunteer instructors who made the weekend not only possible, but amazing. See you on the water soon!
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|Sat Oct 01 @ 1:00PM - 05:00PM|
Cpl Nathan Cirillo Memorial (paddle) Cup Challenge
|Thu Oct 06 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Thanksgiving On Schooner lake
|Wed Oct 19 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM|
Annual General Meeting